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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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Jul 29, 2017

The Iraqi city of Mosul has been liberated from Islamic State control. Iraq’s Prime Minister walked through the rubble of the city streets and declared victory. But what’s next? Could another terror group spring up in the Islamic State’s place?

Will Iraq’s Kurds be rewarded for their gallantry on the battlefield? Can Iraq’s government ever represent a country rife with sectarian division? And where does the U.S. fit in?

To help us answer those questions are:

  • Daniel Serwer, academic director of conflict management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Celeste Ward Gventer, defense consultant and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for stability operations capabilities

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Recorded July 29, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.