April 23, 2017

Follow the links below to hear interviews produced by WGVU with our April 13th and April 19th speakers: Ann-Louise Colgan and Dr. George Lopez. 

Don't forget! The series will conclude this Thursday, April 27 with speaker, Dr. Fred Pearson, examining the direct...

As 'strategic patience' over the North's nuclear program is bumped by a more aggressive US posture, conflict has become more of a possibility – and it likely would not be a short and sharp one.

By his tweets, by his orders, and by his airstrikes last week in Syria, Pres...

On April 15, 1969, North Korea shot down an American EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft. The incident has special meaning in the history of US-North Korea relations.

The EC-121 attack, which killed all 31 passengers on board, was the most aggressive action North Korea has e...

North Korea has warned that the world is on the brink of “thermo-nuclear war” as fears rise that Pyongyang is planning a test of military hardware that could provoke a response from President Donald Trump.

Tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions escalated further on...

April 19, 2017

Turks vote “yes” to a constitutional overhaul by a narrow margin

EVEN before all the votes had been tallied, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, claimed victory. “My nation stood upright and undivided,” he said of the referendum on a new constitution giving the pr...

This Sunday, the Turkish electorate will vote in a nationwide referendum on several proposed amendments to the constitution. This is Turkey’s seventh constitutional referendum since its transition from single-party rule to a multi-party system in 1946.

The current const...

The long flirtation may finally be over.

For decades, the European Union dangled the possibility of membership before an eager suitor in Turkey. But it was never a perfect match.

Too many Europeans had reservations about having a predominantly Muslim state, with porous a...

In the months following last July’s failed coup against him, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has mounted the biggest purge of public officials in a century. As has been widely reported, over 100,000 civil servants, teachers, prosecutors, judges, journalists, arm...

April 17, 2017

President Trump and his advisers have taken a more and more threatening stance toward North Korea since January, and the isolated dictatorship has responded with threats of its own. Foreign-policy experts say a breaking point could be looming. Saturday marked the 105th...

Late Thursday, President Trump announced a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against its people. Initial reports suggest that the strike involved 59 cruise missiles that destroyed Syrian airc...

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