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US-Saudi Defense Pact, A Weakening Europe, Myanmar's Civil War

Deborah Amos, Steven Erlanger, and Giles Whittell join Ivo Daalder to discuss the week's top news stories.
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About This Episode

The United States and Saudi Arabia are nearing a historic deal that could potentially reshape Middle East geopolitics with implications for regional security, diplomatic relations, and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Meanwhile, last week French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech issuing a stark warning that Europe faces the possibility of demise. Plus, Myanmar is four years into a civil war with no signs of stopping and neighboring countries are concerned. Can the rebels win? The Council’s Ivo Daalder dives into these issues with Deborah Amos, Steven Erlanger, and Giles Whittell on World Review

About the Panelists
Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence, Princeton University
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A longtime international correspondent, Deborah Amos spent much of her award-winning career at National Public Radio. Her reporting on the Middle East and refugees in the U.S. is regularly featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered. Previously she reported for ABC’s Nightline and PBS’s Frontline.
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Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in Europe, The New York Times
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Based out of Brussels, Belgium Steven Erlanger is the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in Europe for The New York Times. He's been reporting for the Times since 1987.
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World Affairs Editor, Tortoise Media
Giles Whittell is an English author and journalist who has worked for the London Times as a correspondent in LA, Moscow, and Washington. He was the Times' chief leader-writer for three years before joining Tortoise Media in 2018.
CEO, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013. He joined the Council as president in 2013 and took on the new role of CEO in 2023. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of 10 books.
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