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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.

The Role of Congress in International Crises
A panel discussion on the role of the legislative branch when dealing with an international crisis, including congressional authorization for taking military action.
June 22, 2014 : 1 hr. 33 min.

Obama Administration Foreign Policy
Peter Baker talked about President Obama’s speeches on the future of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, and near-term foreign and defense policy goals and initiatives.
June 1, 2014 : 48 min. 56 sec.

U.S. Public Diplomacy
Former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley talked about the importance of diplomatic efforts to help the U.S. image abroad and boost public opinion.
April 17, 2014 : 1 hr. 6 min.
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