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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Jun 29, 2017

The Pentagon is said to be readying plans to send 4,000 new U.S. troops to Afghanistan, scaling up U.S. involvement there 16 years after the Afghan war began. But where is the public discourse about why the troops are needed? It’s even hard to tell what President Trump thinks – he’s told his generals they’re in charge of setting troop levels.

What is the mission in Afghanistan? What can we learn from Trump’s approach to the war?

To help us answer those questions are:

  • Peter Viggo Jakobsen, Associate Professor in the Department of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College
  • Rebecca Zimmerman, policy researcher at the RAND Corporation

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Recorded June 28, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.