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CLIP: Fall of the Berlin Wall
A clip from President Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech is shown, followed by comments from Dieter Dettke, a native of East Germany and a professor Georgetown University’s Security Studies and German and European Studies Centers. Mr. Dettke talks about the history of the Berlin Wall on the 25th anniversary of its fall.
November 9, 2014 : 7 min. 13 sec.

CLIP: Gubernatorial and Congressional Race Differences
Stuart Rothenberg and Amy Walter talked Stuart Rothenberg and Amy Walter talked about the possible outcomes of the 2014 midterm elections and the differences between gubernatorial and congressional races in 2014.
November 1, 2014 : 3 min. 2 sec.

CLIP: Shooting at the Canadian Parliament
Randall Palmer discusssed Wednesday’s shooting at Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Remarks from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper were included.
October 23, 2014 : 6 min. 55 sec.

CLIP: Ukrainian President Address to Congress
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered remarks to a joint meeting of Congress about the situation in his country and the ongoing conflict with Russia. He called on the U.S. to give his country a special defense and security status as a non-NATO member in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea almost one year ago.
September 18, 2014 : 2 min. 3 sec.

CLIP: President Obama Remarks at NATO Summit Closing
President Obama spoke with reporters following the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales. He said that there was unanimous agreement in NATO that there must be immediate action addressing the threat posed by ISIL. President Obama said the goal was to “degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL” because they posed a threat to the international alliance. He also spoke about the ceasefire in Ukraine and the need to protect member nations from aggression.
September 6, 2014 : 6 min. 11 sec.

CLIP: United States Diplomacy
Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the importance of diplomacy in foreign policy as well as the role the U.S. should play in resolving world conflicts.
September 3, 2014 : 4 min.

CLIP: Hostage Negotiation Policy
Nicholas Burns talked about the U.S. policy of not negotiating ransoms to release hostages, its response to the threat from ISIS, and the group’s beheading of a second American journalist. Remarks from British Prime Minister David Cameron were included.
September 3, 2014 : 4 min. 4 sec.

CLIP: History and Significance of the Magna Carta
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts talked about the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. He spoke about why there was a need for the Magna Carta, how it helped to shape a young and growing America, and its significance today.
August 31, 2014 : 7 min. 56 sec.

CLIP: Scottish Independence Referendum
Brian Taylor, Political Editor, BBC Scotland discusses the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.
August 26, 2014 : 8 min. 30 sec.

CLIP: ISIS, Iraq, and Kurds
Karwan Zebari talked about the the fight against the Sunni militant group ISIS in Iraq from his perspective as director of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s U.S. office. He discussed the U.S. bombing efforts in Northern Iraq, requests from Kurdish officials to the U.S. and its allies, and the history of U.S. relations with the Kurdish people.
August 19, 2014 : 12 min. 16 sec.
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