President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held a joint press conference after meeting at the White House. The leaders discussed areas of disagreement such as Georgia and areas of progress and collaboration such as non-proliferation and quelling violence in Kyrgyzstan. Obama discussed Medvedev’s visit to California’s Silicon Valley where the he met with industry leaders in an effort to lay the groundwork for Russia’s own version of the high-tech hub.
U.S. President Barack Obama announces that he has accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and that he will nominate Gen. David Patraeus to take over command of the troops in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s resignation comes after a controversial profile of the general in was published in Rolling Stone Magazine.
NewsHour’s Ray Suarez interviews Ambassador Susan Rice about the United Nations Security Council’s newly passed sanctions on Iran. Rice says that this round of sanctions specifically targets industries that could facilitate the development of Iran’s nuclear program. The ambassador also said she hopes these sanctions are just the beginning and leaves it up to member nations to reinforce and bolster the UNSC’s crackdown on Tehran. Having trouble viewing this video? Click here to watch.
Fouad Ajami, the director of Middle East Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, talks with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution about the United States’ partners in Kabul. Ajami says that Karzai has no interest in the Untied States leaving Afghanistan and his motivation to usurp U.S. resources has made him a rogue ally for U.S. leadership.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Peruvian President Alan Garcia speak to the media after meeting in the Oval Office. The two discussed nuclear non-proliferation, climate change, and the state of democracy in Latin America. Garcia says that Latin America needs to focus on a modern democracy that embraces technology and investment.
NewsHour’s Margaret Warner talks with former U.S. Middle East policy adviser Aaron David Miller who has recently become disillusioned by the peace process in the region. Miller says that he is willing to believe in the process again once Palestinians and Israels “buy in,” but for the time being, he remains skeptical. He continues that though President Barack Obama has recommitted U.S. leadership to solving this ongoing impasse, nothing of consequence can be done unless the solutions come from within the ranks of the Palestinian and Israeli camps. Having trouble viewing this video? Click here to watch.
As the Turkish government continues to condemn Israel’s nuclear program, they are very much silent on their own nuclear involvement. As a founding member of NATO with strategic geography, Turkey has NATO nuclear weapons stationed on its soil. The contradiction is not going unnoticed and some domestic analysts say the denuclearization of the Middle East could start with Istanbul.
PBS’s Charlie Rose spoke to Syria’s President Bashir Al-Assad for perspective on Iran. Al-Assad says that though Iran publicly denies Israel’s right to exist, its approval of Syria’s mediation attempts show tacit recognition. Having trouble viewing this video? Click here to watch.