Michèle Flournoy was the undersecretary of defense for policy under Barack Obama and now runs a strategic consulting firm, WestExec Advisors, in Washington, DC. She spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan.
Seven presidential contenders faced off in California for the final Democratic debate before heading into the new year. One topic came up that really hadn't before: China. Bonnie Glaser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies spoke with The World about implications.
When it comes to the nightmare scenario of two nuclear powers becoming embroiled in an escalatory spiral resulting in mutual, increasingly destructive nuclear strikes, the historical record is bare. But, experts are studying what the likelihood that a conventional war between China and the US could escalate into a nuclear war.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in DC to meet with Trump administration officials. Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace says the optics of the visit, which comes on the heels of Ukraine-Russia peace talks, "could not be worse."
Ambassador Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House’s top adviser on Afghanistan under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, talked to The World about the war in Afghanistan.