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GREAT DECISIONS IN FOREIGN POLICY: Red Sea Rivalries: A Conflict Of Interests

Airs Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Stream on YouTube

More than one-tenth of global trade passes through a strait just 20 miles wide at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. GREAT DECISIONS examines a region where the world’s great powers can cooperate to create stability — or allow deepening rivalries to explode into conflict. Narrated by David Strathair.

Red Sea Rivalries: A Conflict of Interests - Narrated by David Strathairn - Full Episode


  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Alexis Crow, U.S. Advisory, Lead Geopolitical Investing Group, PwC
  • Elana DeLozier, Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Rush Doshi, Director, China Strategy Initiative, Brookings Institution
  • Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Payton Knopf, Africa Program Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Rob Malley, President, International Crisis Group
  • David Miliband, President, International Rescue Committee
  • Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute
  • Ben Rhodes, Dep. U.S. National Security Advisor (2009–2017)
  • Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
  • Amb. David Shinn, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1996–1999)
  • Yun Sun, Senior Fellow, Stimson Center
  • Susan Thornton, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2017–2018)
  • Amb. Frank Wisner, Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Egypt, the Philippines, and Zambia
  • Michael Woldemariam, Associate Professor of Int'l Relations, Pardee School, Boston University
  • Karen Young, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

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While schools are closed during the COVID-19 public health crisis, Foreign Policy Association will make the digital edition of the GREAT DECISIONS television series available to students and the public on YouTube.

About The Series:

GREAT DECISIONS is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the GREAT DECISIONS Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Here are some resources for bringing your discussion groups online.

Foreign Policy Association is on Facebook.

GREAT DECISIONS: America’s Global Affairs Discussion Program