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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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Wake aims to maintain a a 50/50 male-to-female gender ratio among on-air guests.

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Feb 8, 2018

United Nations peacekeeping is at a crossroads. Under threat, over-extended and beset by scandal, perhaps is it's no surprise the Trump Administration made the U.N. peacekeeping budget an early target of funding cuts.

This week on Wake we'll ask if reforms can modernize peacekeeping and whether peacekeeping advances or sets back American interests. 

Heling us answer those questions are:

  • Ambassador James Dobbins, senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Norrie MacQueen, honorary research fellow at the University of St. Andrews.

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Recorded January 30, 2018. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.