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The Nobel Peace Prize Documentary 2009 [electronic resource]: A New Era of Engagement

Awarding the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama may be the Nobel committee's most controversial decision of all time. This program examines the choice and its implications, as well as the background, accomplishments, and potential of the recipient. Produced by the Nobel Foundation, the film outlines Obama's diverse heritage and formative experiences, compiles opinions from a broad spectrum of political players, and assesses the 44th President's evolving foreign policy. Interviews feature Susan Rice, U.S. Representative to the UN; David Frum, speechwriter for President George W. Bush; Thorbjorn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; and others. Excerpts from Obama's September 2009 speech to the UN General Assembly and June 2009 speech at Cairo Universit [...]
2010; 2009

Post-War Hopes, Cold War Dreams [electronic resource]

The 1950s in America were a time of nostalgia and neurosis. Factories poured out goods, the dollar was powerful, and the United States - filled with the heady optimism of victory in World War II - believed that it could politically, culturally, and militarily lead the world. But the decade also saw the solidification of the Iron Curtain in Europe, the entrenchment of Communism in China, years of so-called police action in Korea, and a Red Scare that divided Americans at home. Bill Moyers shows how an initial burst of optimism fostered an era of American conformity, in which fitting in led to a hostility and distrust of those who stood out.

The U.S. Military [electronic resource]: Waging Peace

This program examines the U.S. role as the world peacekeeper in the post-Cold War era. We learn how the U.S., the world's only remaining superpower, is retraining its forces to maintain peace in volatile areas around the globe. Military experts discuss the difficulties that occur when UN forces intervene in the internal disputes of nations. U.S. peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, Somalia, and other trouble spots are used to demonstrate the pitfalls of humanitarian military operations. A U.S. Army Brigadier General and an expert on international law offer insights into the issue.
2009; 1997

Our Own Private Bin Laden [electronic resource]

Would the collapse of the Soviet Union have been possible without American sponsorship of Islamic fundamentalism? Did U.S. policies pave the way for 9/11? Does the American media help sustain Osama Bin Laden's popularity? This documentary examines those questions, studying the machinations of key players - the CIA, Bin Laden, Afghani mujahideen and opium traders, Presidents Carter and Reagan, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and others - as the Cold War morphed into the War on Terror. Presenting a wide range of opinions, the program features eye-opening interviews with high-level leaders and renowned political analysts - including Milton Bearden, former CIA station chief in Pakistan; Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan; and scholar and activist Noam Chomsk [...]
2007; 2005

Francis Fukuyama [electronic resource]: End of History?

Best known as the author of The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama is a former neoconservative who argued for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein-then changed his mind before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. What caused his reversal? If the war had gone differently, would he have revised his opinion again? What strategies does he envision for promoting global democracy in the future? Fukuyama addresses those and other questions in this detailed, one-on-one interview. Topics include foreign policy differences between the U.S. and the European Union, China's unusual ability to create modern capitalism without representative democracy, and Fukuyama's concept of a "global NATO.
2009; 2008

Andrew J. Bacevich on the U.S. Imperial Presidency [electronic resource]

Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? In this episode of the Journal, Bill Moyers sits down with retired U.S. Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich, who identifies three major problems facing American democracy-crises of economy, government, and militarism-and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life. Respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, Bacevich is author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. "Because of this preoccupation with, fascination with, the presidency, the President has become what we have instead of genuine politics. Instead of genuine democracy," says Bacevich.
2009; 2008

Torture Hearings [electronic resource]

On Capitol Hill, members of Congress have been interviewing witnesses and investigating the treatment of detainees suspected of terrorism. This edition of the Journal summarizes those hearings and gets perspective from journalist Jane Mayer on the debate over whether the U.S. sanctioned torture to prosecute the war on terror. Mayer's recent book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, documents the war on terror and the struggle over whether the President should have limitless power to wage it. Also on the program, former Democratic Senator Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings gives his views on the stranglehold of money on Washington.
2009; 2008

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Madeleine Albright, on Being a Woman and a Diplomat

Since leaving the office of U.S. Secretary of State in 2001, Madeleine Albright has continued her distinguished career in foreign affairs as a political adviser, professor, and businesswoman. In this TEDTalk she speaks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being "soft" concerns, says Albright, the strengths and vulnerabilities of women around the world are linked to profound, life-or-death struggles.

What Kennedy Didn't Know [electronic resource]: Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited

In 1962, President Kennedy knew that nuclear missiles had been deployed in Cuba. What he did not know was how many, or that 36 of them were capable of reaching as far as Washington, D.C. In this ABC News program, George Stephanopoulos reports on another danger that also went unrecognized at that time: Soviet submarines armed with nuclear torpedoes-and the authorization to fire them. In addition, Barbara Walters elicits Fidel Castro's views on the crisis in an exclusive interview, and Ted Koppel talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Haynes Johnson about what it was like to be on the scene during the most dangerous confrontation in history.
2006; 2002