Syria en Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell <p><a href="">Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell</a> has made a career out of crafting compromise. First in the U.S. Senate, then later brokering peace in Northern Ireland, and finally tackling peace in the Middle East.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Mitchell about Syria and Iran. He’ll also share his views on what is driving the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35785 at Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell Syria: Behind the Headlines <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">The crisis in Syria has been in the headlines for weeks, but the roots of the two-year-long conflict can be traced back decades. Today host Ben Kieffer gets an in-depth understanding of </span>how history of the region brought Syria to the point of civil wa<span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">r, how terrorism figures in and the</span> conflict's potential outcomes. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:44:41 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 28985 at Syria: Behind the Headlines Politics Day <div id="content"><div class="chat in"><div class="msg 1st">President Obama took his case for military action in Syria to a skeptical American public last night and asserted the need to keep pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:29:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 28933 at Politics Day Politics Day: U.S. Role In Syria Conflict <p>President Obama is expected to highlight the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior’s economic agenda as he marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer hosts a discussion on how the President can successfully talk about race and class.</p><p>And, action against Syria for the use of chemical weapons seems more and more likely. We talk about the options with listeners and guests, Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:28:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 28201 at Politics Day: U.S. Role In Syria Conflict Susan Rice as National Security Advisor, Syria and Turkey <p> President Obama has chosen U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace Tom Donilon as National Security Advisor.&nbsp; Rice withdrew her name from consideration as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's replacement after drawing criticism from Republicans for statements made about the attack on the U.S. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:39:37 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 21951 at Susan Rice as National Security Advisor, Syria and Turkey National Security Analyst Brian Katulis on the Middle East <p><span class="userContent">More than 60,000 US troops are still in Afghanistan. What hurdles does the US face as that international military operation winds down? Today on "River to River" National Security Analyst Brian Katulis from the Center for American Progress will talk about US withdraw from Afghanistan.&nbsp; He'll also comment on the status of Iraq</span>, ten years after the start of the Iraq War.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:27:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer 18283 at National Security Analyst Brian Katulis on the Middle East Politics Day: International Concerns <p>As drones proliferate and become more sophisticated, what questions does this raise in the international arena? Do drones present challenges we’ve never faced before?<br><br>It's politics day here on the program, and this hour we cast our analysis to the world outside our border. We take a look at how new technology, drones and cyber attacks, are shaping international politics. Also, updates on Syria, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Our analysts are Lindsay Cohn, of the University of Northern Iowa, and Jim McCormick, of Iowa State University.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:30:41 +0000 Ben Kieffer 17624 at Politics Day: International Concerns International Politics <p>Protests continue in Egypt in advance of voting on a new constitution. On politics day Ben Kieffer talks with political experts about why protestors say the draft constitution does not represent the hope inspired by the Arab spring. And why NATO fears the Syrian President may use chemical weapons on his own people.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:32:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11914 at International Politics Exploring the Nature of Terror <div>In his new book, celebrated poet, essayist, and Director of the University of Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill explores the nature of terror, its place in the post-911 world and how terror unites and galvanizes those in the throes of it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In <i>The Tree of Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War </i>Merrill takes us on his exotic journeys to Malaysia, China, the Dead Sea and war-torn Syria.</div> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:03:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6870 at Exploring the Nature of Terror