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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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Jan 12, 2019

President Trump wants out of Syria and his aides say the U.S. is keen to reassert itself as a liberating, not an occupying military force.

Amid a push to wind down prolonged conflicts, should we expect an end to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan?

Helping us answer that question are this week's guests:

  • Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for 21st Century Security
  • Gil Barndollar, director of Middle East studies at the Center for the National Interest
  • Graeme Smith, author, "The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan"

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Taped: January 11, 2019.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.