America Abroad: Explaining America

Sat, 01/31/2009 - 3:00pm

Host Ray Suarez

America Abroad Media

U.S. public diplomacy was a critical weapon in the Cold War, but today America is shooting blanks in the information war. Explaining America visits Morocco to explore how Al Qaeda recruiters have found followers, while America's message falls flat. It then travels to Egypt where public diplomacy efforts focus on a long-term payoff. And it ends by reviewing America's efforts to present itself to the world over the last century. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was fond of citing the so-called Pottery Barn Rule, "You break it, you own it." The U.S. had no trouble breaking the Taliban's hold in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq. But rebuilding those nations has proved much more difficult. America Abroad: Explaining America airs Saturday, January 31 at 3 p.m. on AM 1370 and WXXI-FM HD 91.5-2.

To gain unique insight and analysis on America's involvement in key international affairs, America Abroad examines the most pressing international issues. A history segment featuring archival audio provides crucial historical context that frames the topics under discussion. With anchor Ray Suarez, America Abroad brings much needed coverage and awareness of international affairs to the American public.