September 4 - China on the Rise While Washington is Gridlocked and America Could Elect a Dangerous Demagogue; Why Isn't Clinton 20 Points Ahead of Trump?; Turkey Warms to Russia, Iran and Israel While Stoking Anti-Americanism

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Part 1

We begin with the G-20 summit underway in China at which President Obama was deliberately snubbed by his hosts who extended the red carpet to leaders from Russia, Britain, Brazil, India and South Korea but forced Obama to disembark from Air Force One via a little used exit in the plane’s cargo hold. China expert, Andrew Nathan, a Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and author of “China’s Search for Security” joins us to discuss a more assertive China that is challenging the U.S. military presence off its shores and is signaling to the G-20 leaders that China is a serious, effective and reliable player on the world stage in contrast to the United States that is crippled by gridlock in Washington and could elect an unstable, reckless and unqualified leader who will further weaken America and undermine its global leadership.

Par 2

Then we examine why Donald Trump is closing on Hillary Clinton, having recently cut her lead in the polls in half, and assess why Clinton in not twenty points ahead rather than five. Lawrence Jacobs, Chair of Political Studies at the University of Minnesota and director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Political Affairs, joins us to discuss the Clinton campaign’s deficit in clear messaging in an election in which everyone knows what Trump stands for, and that is to “make America great again and build a wall”, while it is remains unclear what Hillary Clinton stands for.

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Part 3

Then finally, with President Obama and Turkey’s President Erdogan in a side meeting at the G-20 in China, we look into what Turkey is doing on its southern border with Syria attacking the U.S’s most effective ally the Syrian Kurds while apparently in some kind of secret alliance with the Islamic State who Turkey’s intelligence service the MIT is still secretly supporting. Graham Fuller, the former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA and author of “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East”, joins us to discuss the confusing tactics Turkey is engaged in in Syria and what strategic changes are underway as Erdogan improves ties with Russia, Iran and Israel while relations with NATO and the U.S. remain strained.

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