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    ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"i
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    September 06, 2013 3:00 AM
    INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

    ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"

    Published September 05, 2013

    INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

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    The #ParisAttacks have created an uncertain future for #SyrianRefugees who want to resettle in the United States. The House of Representatives has voted to suspend the acceptance of Syrians until the vetting process is reviewed and strengthened. The Senate is considering similar legislation. Meantime, polls, taken after the Paris attacks, show a sharp spike in Americans' concerns about terrorism in general and the Islamic State in particular. On this week’s HashtagVOA,  we take a closer look at the growing role of terror, refugees and national security
    in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

    GUESTS
    Jim Malone:
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    Suzanne Meriden: Director of Operations, Syrian American Council
    Jennifer Merolla: Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University
    Jenny Yang: Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, World Relief