March 22 - Belgium's Slow Reaction to the Growth of Radical Islam; Alternative Strategies to Stoking Islamophobia and Xenophobia; Is Donald Trump Attracting More Votes For Him or Against Him?

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Part 1

We begin with the terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium that deash, the self-declared Islamic State, have taken credit for and speak with Philippe Marliere, the Marcel Liebman Chair of Political Science at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, the Free University of Brussels. He joins us to discuss the lack of coordination between the six local and one federal police forces in Brussels alone, and the slow reaction of the Belgium authorities to the growth of radical Islam that has resulted in Belgium providing the largest number of jihadis per capita who have fought for deash in Syria and Iraq.

Part 2

Then we look into how Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz might exploit the terrorist attacks, given that Ted Cruz has already weighed in stating that on the home front “we need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized”. Lawrence Korb, who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration and is the author of “A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction”, joins us to discuss alternative security strategies to stoking Islamophobia and xenophobia.   

Lawrence J. Korb

Part 3

Then finally we examine the voter turnout myths, claims and facts so far in this election and compare the history of primary voters and voting turnout in the general election to determine whether there is an enthusiasm gap between the Republicans and the Democrats brought on by Donald Trump’s claims of being a magnet for new voters. Michael McDonald, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida and the Director of the United States Election Project joins us to provide the real numbers as to whether Donald Trump is getting out more people to vote for him or motivating more people to vote against him.