April 13 - Is There a Saudi-Turkey Plan to Remove Assad?; An Old Friend of Hillary Clinton on the Candidate Herself; The Pope Speaks Out on the Armenian Genocide

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We begin with the recent visit to Iran by Turkey’s President Erdogan, after an earlier visit to Saudi Arabia, and look into a possible shift in regional alliances as Saudi Arabian military involvement in Yemen deepens and warnings from Iran are ignored. Henri Barkey, a Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University and a former member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, joins us to discuss whether the rumored talks between the Saudis and Turkey in Qatar, aimed at removing Syria’s Assad, indicate a new boldness from the Saudis or paranoia over a possible U.S. rapprochement with Iran.

 

Part 2

Then as the just-announced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa in a van on a road trip across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, we speak with someone who has known her since she first met her husband Bill. Ambassador Derek Shearer, a former U.S. Ambassador to Finland who is currently a Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, joins us to discuss whether in a country whose politics are dominated by a plutocracy, there is still an American meritocracy, and whether his old friend Hillary, could become the first female president of the United States.

 

Part 3

Then finally we look into the remarks made by Pope Francis that the Armenian genocide was the first genocide of the 20th Century and that Turkey’s concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding. Ronald Suny, a Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago and the author of a new book, just out, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide”, joins us. 

 

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