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Month: May 2022

US ‘putting a smaller lid on the cauldron of Somalia’ with troop deployment, says news editor

President Biden has just authorized the deployment of hundreds of troops to Somalia, reversing former President Trump’s withdrawal of forces from the area. Biden also approved the Pentagon’s request to target specific leaders of the Somali terror group al-Shabab. There were around 750 troops before Trump withdrew them and will be around 450 this time, […]


A unified NATO army is needed to deter Putin’s aggression, says professor

During the Cold War, Western Europe relied on American military power to deter Soviet aggression. Today, NATO needs to reorganize and establish itself as a credible force for the defense of Western democracy, according to Bruce Ackerman, professor of law and political science at Yale University. Ackerman said Europe should raise a unified army as […]


Separate migration management from security at southern border, advises policy expert

With the possible end of Title 42, put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security is expecting a surge of migrants at the southern border. Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, recommends a new strategy to reflect the changing conditions there. Brown explained that the demographics […]


Government Matters (Full Show) – May 17, 2022

Advocating for global human rights; reducing reliance on Russian energy; North Korea’s nuclear capabilities


Economist on reducing reliance on Russian energy and helping the environment

The West is focused on reducing dependence on Russian oil and gas for obvious geopolitical reasons, but this also creates an opportunity to go greener and reduce carbon emissions, according to Jeffrey Frankel, professor at Harvard’s Belfer Center and former member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. Frankel said he recommends ending fossil […]


State Department bureau advocates for human rights in countries around world

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor aims to protect human rights and champion American values around the world. The office is working to address human rights abuses in China, North Korea, Ukraine, Russia and other countries, said Scott Busby, deputy assistant secretary of the bureau and finalist for a Service to […]


North Korea’s expansion of nuclear capabilities ‘very concerning,’ says policy scholar

While the world watches Russia’s war on Ukraine unfold, North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons program and has already launched 13 missile tests this year. Dana Kim, Korea policy scholar in the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said North Korea is fine tuning its strike capabilities through tests […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – May 15, 2022

Biden signs bill to speed arms to Ukraine; status of Ukraine’s military capabilities; is the Islamic State on the decline?

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