foreign relations

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jul 1, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been called an "opportunity for American economic development" and an "infringement on its sovereignty." We examine the pros and cons of the proposed trade agreement. 


  • Kurt Tong is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.
  • Jonathan Weisman is an economic correspondent for The New York Times.
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Allan Katz recently returned from foreign service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, UMKC. Katz was a friend of Barack Obama (before he became President Obama) which he says contributed to being chosen as the ambassador. President Obama nominated Katz in 2009, which was followed by what Katz says was a long, arduous process of congressional approval. Katz says there were difficult times of misunderstanding, such as the publication of Wikileaks, but that if given the opportunity he would serve again. 


Oil And America's Foreign Relations

Jul 15, 2013
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 America has had a long and complicated history with foreign oil, with a specific impact on our political relationships abroad.

Tuesday on Up To Date, we're joined by Jay Hakes to discuss the role that oil has played in our foreign relations. He’s an energy analyst and director of the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the author of a book about what freedom from foreign oil can do for our country.