NATO

What happened in 1983 to make the Soviet Union so afraid of a potential nuclear strike from the United States that they sent mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles into the field, placing them on a three-minute alert?

In his book, "The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983," Marc Ambinder explains the anxious period between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1984, with the “Able Archer ’83” war game as the fulcrum of the tension. With astonishing and clarifying new details, he recounts the scary series of the close encounters that tested the limits of ordinary humans and powerful leaders alike. Ambinder explains how political leadership ultimately triumphed over misunderstandings, helping the two countries maintain a fragile peace.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the first day of the NATO summit in Brussels Wednesday. Dr. Chartock also discusses a nonbinding Senate resolution designed to give more power to Congress regarding international tariffs. 

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the NATO summit, which begins Wednesday in Brussels. Dr. Chartock aso shares his thoughts on a New York Times editorial that claims President Trump is misleading the public on U.S. trade tariffs. 

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday evening. Dr. Chartock also discusses the upcoming NATO meeting, which begins Wednesday in Brussels. 

Herbert London: Putin’s Strategy And Our Response

Sep 13, 2017

At the end of the Cold War, Russia was a facsimile of itself. Shorn of empire, the Russians appeared to be a weak regional power, if that. Should one examine it through domestic considerations, its economy was weak relying entirely on extractive industries. A contagion of alcoholism raged through the society. HIV cases represented an epidemic. And life expectancy was declining. These conditions still prevail, but Putin has gone global in order to conceal the weakness and failure that exists at home.

Admiral James Stavridis is one of the most admired admirals of his generation and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO. His new book Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans takes readers on a voyage through the world’s most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path. 

A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, Stavridis served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. Again, his new book is Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans

Herbert London: Selling Out

Feb 17, 2016

In its emphasis on defeating ISIS, the U.S. delegation in Geneva has sold out the rebels fighting against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. A new chapter in the Middle East has unfolded as America’s perceived interests have tilted in the direction of Iran and Russia. Instead of a transitional government that would ease the Syrian dictator out of power, Secretary of State Kerry said there should be a national unity government for the foreseeable future – a euphemism for Assad stays. In fact, that is the essence of the recently signed cease-fire accord.

  Hudson Valley World Affairs Council will be hosting a lecture at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, September 9th featuring Tom Nichols - Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

He will speak on "The U.S. and Russia Today: New Cold War, Hot War, or Reconciliation?” The discussion will be about US-Russian relations, focusing on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the conflict in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal and the future of NATO.

He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions.

9/5/14 Panel

Sep 5, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf & University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Joan Rivers
McDonnell Guilty
NATO Summit
"Cuomo's Disservice"
18-Billion BP Fine?
Ferguson Racial Profiling

9/2/14 Panel

Sep 2, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
NATO Response Force
Texas Abortion Law Update
Obama: Equal Pay
Joan Rivers
Nude Celebrity Photos Leaked
Bad Blue Light

Strike by Pakistani truckers carrying NATO goods

Jan 9, 2013
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials say truckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike in northwest Pakistan to protest lower pay.

Jehanzeb Khan, head of a transport workers union, says the strike began Wednesday in response to the government's decision to require truckers to go through authorized companies to carry NATO supplies instead of making individual deals.