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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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Feb 9, 2019

President Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from a key 1980’s nuclear arms control agreement this month, accusing Russia of violating the INF Treaty for years and saying there was no reason for the U.S. to keep playing by the rules.

Trump said maybe he could make a new deal with Russia and China, but if not, the U.S. would out-innovate and out-spend its rivals – hardly sounding concerned about another nuclear arms race.

This week on Wake we’ll consider if that’s where the U.S. and Russia are heading, or if there are still ways to revive arms control diplomacy.

Helping us to do that are this week's guests:

  • Tom Collina, policy director at the Ploughshares Fund
  • Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

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Taped: February 8, 2019.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.