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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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Aug 11, 2017

When the Iranian nuclear deal was signed two years ago in the summer of 2015, President Obama hailed the deal as preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, as a victory for multilateral diplomacy.

The deal is technically still in effect, but it’s under siege by President Trump, who’s eager to find evidence of Iranian non-compliance.

Will the Iran deal survive President Trump? What happens to the U.S., to Iran if the deal implodes?

To help us answer those questions are:

  • Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council and author of “Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy.”
  • Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution.
  • Kelsey Davenport, director of nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association

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Recorded August 4, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.