Foreign Policy

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The fight against the so-called "Islamic State" movement in the Middle East dominates much of the world news headlines, along with the crises in South Sudan and in Syria. But there are several other international stories that haven't drawn as much attention in the media in this country.

Among them is the looming economic crisis in Greece. Professor of political economy and world business at Carthage College Art Cyr starts his update on foreign policy issues with Greece.

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This spring marks the anniversaries of the liberation of five concentration camps by United States forces. Seventy years after World War II's end, the effects and implications from the collective experiences of individuals and countries are still being felt. 

Professor of political economy and world business at Carthage College Art Cyr reflects on the legacy of World War II and how it shapes foreign and global policy today. 

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The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence recently released 525 pages of its long awaited report on the use of torture by the CIA in the ongoing “war on terror.”

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From Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and the collapse of the Russian currency, to the ongoing crisis in the middle east, to the ebola outbreak in west Africa and independence votes in Scotland and Catalonia, it’s been a typically busy year on the foreign affairs scene. 

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President Obama and his Chinese counterpart this week announced agreement on a plan to curb carbon emissions

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Last week on Lake Effect, former CIA official Graham Fuller commented on the root causes for the rise of ISIS in the Middle East - laying a large part of the blame on US military action in Iraq.

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Reports surfaced this week that the Obama Administration is considering changing senior members of its foreign policy team after its troubled reactions to several crises.

The Ebola outbreak and the rise of the ISIS - or Islamic State - movement have taxed the United States role as a world leader and have sparked criticism from people on both sides of the aisle in this country. But Graham Fuller, leading foreign policy analyst, believes the issue with ISIS extends to a point before President Obama took office.

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The Obama administration has dealt with several major challenges in the foreign policy arena in the last couple of weeks.

The presidential election is less than a week away, and foreign policy: America’s place, and role, in the world, will be a key part of the job for whichever administration takes office in January.