March 17 - The New Pope and the "Dirty War"; Our Mentally Unstable Afghan Partner; An Impending Humiliation of South Korea by the North?

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Part 1

We begin with an investigation into the role of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, when he was the head of the Jesuit order in Argentina and look into his dealings with the Argentine junta who kidnapped and murdered priests during the “dirty war”. Sam Ferguson, a visiting fellow at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, who is writing a book “Remnants of a Dirty War”, joins us. He has an article at The New Republic “When Pope Francis Testified about the Dirty War”. sam ferguson


Part 2

Then we assess the impending withdrawal from Afghanistan, America’s longest war, and what kind of functioning state will be left behind in the hands of kleptocrats and warlords, whose current leader Hamid Karzai, is not just corrupt, but is mentally unstable.  Christine Fair, a former United Nations political officer in Afghanistan, who is also a senior fellow with the Counter Terrorism Center at West Point, joins us to discuss Karzai’s latest outburst that has endangered the lives of American and NATO service members who he has accused of working with the Taliban.

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Part 3

Then finally, we look into the growing possibility that there will be a military confrontation between North and South Korea, following a warning by the North that the South should evacuate a group of islands on the border that the North shelled in 2010. Sung Yoon Lee, a Professor of International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University joins us to discuss where bellicose rhetoric ends and military action begins.

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