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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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May 26, 2017

Last weekend, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip. King Salman welcomed Trump with a lavish reception. And when Trump gave a big speech on Islam, he lavished praise on Saudi Arabia for its anti-terror efforts and its promotion of equality. Trump’s main target, meanwhile, Iran. 

Trump says Saudi Arabia and Iran, but does he mean Sunni and Shia?

Is the U.S. taking sides in one of the world’s most contentious religious struggles? And if so, what might the consequences be?

  • Dr. Lina Khatib, head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.
  • Perry Cammack, fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Middle East policy advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Recorded May 26, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.

Distributed by Talk Media News.