SE Cupp's Weekend Warriors

SE Cupp's Weekend Warriors

Each week, SE and a rotating cast of experts discuss and debate the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the US. From the crisis in Syria to North Korea's nuclear weapons and Russian election meddling, Weekend Warriors keeps listeners on top of the world.... Show More

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"What Assad is doing is he's creating a blueprint for dictators all over the world in order to create havoc... and operating with impunity." The Syrian American Council's Bassam Rifai joins SE to discuss the ongoing genocide and refugee crisis in Syria, Russia and Iran's malign actions in the country, and the world's seemingly indifferent response. via Knit

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"National security should be front and center in this campaign because it's the best way to take on Donald Trump." Democratic Congressman and presidential candidate Seth Moulton explains why he thinks 2020 Democrats need to hit Trump on foreign policy, calling the President "a weak commander in chief." Moulton also gives SE his plans to confront Russian election interference, North Korean aggression, the cr... Read more

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won his record-breaking fifth term in dramatic fashion-how much of an impact did President Trump's aggressive pro-Israel moves in the home stretch of the campaign have on the outcome? And what does this mean for peace between Israel and Palestine, and the Trump-Netanyahu relationship going forward? SE is joined by CNN's Oren Liebermann from Jerusalem. via Knit

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While both sides are fighting over what will be redacted, what qualifies as obstruction, what meets the level of criminal liability, and who will get subpoenaed -- they're both glossing over one of the most important conclusions from the probe -- that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. After all, that's what started this whole mess. Former FBI Counterintelligence Operative Eric O'Neill joins SE to discuss Russia�... Read more

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Time is running out for British PM Theresa May to iron out a Brexit deal with Parliament. SE Cupp and Doug Heye break down her ongoing battle with lawmakers, why Putin is loving the drama, the risks of America meddling in the politics of an ally, and the "hard leave" worst-case scenario. via Knit

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Russia boasts about new "hypersonic" weapons that could thwart US missile defenses, as Putin withdraws from the INF treaty. CNN National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd joins SE to discuss the politics behind Russia's announcement, how worried we should be about these new weapons, and whether Russia has a technological advantage over the US. via Knit

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Is the current standoff between India and Pakistan the closest the world has come to a nuclear conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis? SE is joined by USIP's Moeed Yusuf, Author of "Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments," to analyze the long-standing tensions and current conflict over the disputed Kashmir state, and they discuss whether there's a role for the Trump administration to play to de-escalate the co... Read more

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Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad has led a campaign of carnage against hundreds of thousands of his own people, deploying chemical attacks and other atrocities while much of the world looks the other way. SE Cupp is joined by CNN Political Analyst & Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, who shares the heartbreaking story of one Syrian prisoner, setting the horrific scene of how the war started and what-if anything-can stop it. v... Read more

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Rep. Ilhan Omar is a rising star in the Democratic party, but does her vocal and frequent criticism of Israel cross the line into anti-Semtism? And what does that mean for the so-called party of diversity? Jewish News Syndicate's Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Tobin joins SE to discuss it all. via Knit

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Years of conflict have left Syrian cities in ruins, and while the images evoke tragedy for most, for President Bashar al Assad they represent opportunity. With the help of private investors and businesses, he hopes to turn the rubble into luxury real estate developments, but the EU has implemented sanctions to stop him. The Washington Post's Louisa Loveluck joins SE from Beirut for more on Assad's plan to rebuild through ... Read more

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Weeks after Trump announced he plans to pull US troops out of Syria, saying ISIS was defeated, the terror group claims responsibility for a suicide bombing there that killed 4 Americans. CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward is on the ground in Syria to give SE perspective from the frontlines, and Ret. Col. Cedric Leighton joins for expert analysis on what happens next. via Knit

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The Trump Administration remains relatively silent on the arrest of US citizen Paul Whelan on espionage charges in Russia, while the Kremlin is tight-lipped about any evidence they have. CNN Global Affairs analyst Max Boot joins SE and explains why he thinks it's a "purely political arrest" with the possible endgame of a prisoner swap for alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. via Knit

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Is the DoD doing enough to harness Silicon Valley's most advanced technologies? Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey explains why he thinks the US military needs to bet big on small start-ups, or risks falling behind countries like Russia and China. via Knit

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December 13, 2018 11 min

The UK voted in favor of Brexit back in 2016, but where does it stand now? SE and CNN political commentator Doug Heye sort through the mess that is Britain's plan to leave the EU, including Theresa May's victory in the "no-confidence" vote this week and the chances of the EU and UK striking a deal in time for the March deadline. via Knit

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Raed Fares, a prominent activist who ran one of the only independent radio stations in Syria's last opposition stronghold of Idlib, was gunned down in a targeted attack on November 23 along with his colleague Hamoud Juneid. SE speaks to his friend Bassam Rifai, the director of public affairs at SCM Medical, an NGO that provides medical and humanitarian aid to refugees, about the impact of Fares' death on the Assad opposit... Read more

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Former "Fox & Friends" host and current State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is rumored to be Nikki Haley's replacement as the US Ambassador to the UN. Nauert has proven herself in her current role, but UN observers say she'd be the least qualified American ever to fill that post. Tom Nichols, professor and author of "The Death of Expertise," joins SE for the discussion on Nauert and Trump&#... Read more

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The global rise of anti-Semitism came into stark relief when a white supremacist killed 11 Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt joins SE to talk about the "disturbing" trends in America and abroad, how the political atmosphere has contributed to this, and how to combat hate. Then, CNN National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd discusses the normalization of anti-Semitic rhetor... Read more

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Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept joins SE to discuss Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro - who is expected to win Sunday's runoff election - and why his "Trump of the Tropics" nickname isn't accurate. via Knit

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Max Boot joins SE Cupp to discuss the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling President Trump's response thus far "embarrassing and pathetic." On a related note, they talk about Max's new book, "The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right" via Knit

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October 11, 2018 18 min

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished a week ago after walking into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. Was the former Saudi royal insider and current critic of the regime kidnapped? Murdered? And was the Saudi Arabian government behind it? SE unpacks the mystery as well as the responses from Congress and the White House, with CNN National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd. via Knit

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