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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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Nov 5, 2017

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has just returned from a big trip to Africa. She visited refugee camps South Sudan, famine victims in Ethiopia, and in Congo, she insisted that long-postponed elections finally be held. Upon her return to New York, she announced $60 million in US funding to create an anti-terror fighting force in Africa’s Sahel region.

Ten months into the Trump administration, is Africa now on the agenda? Is there a U.S. “Africa policy” per se, and does that matter?

To help us answer those questions are:

  • Joshua Meservey, senior policy analyst for Africa and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation
  • Todd Moss, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development

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Recorded November 1, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.