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Narrated by David Strathairn, this acclaimed global affairs documentary series explores critical global issues facing the world today. Featuring nearly 100 guests from the U.S. military’s top brass to ambassadors and leading members of Congress, Great Decisions examines the West's relationship with Russia, sectarianism driving the conflict in the Middle East, the delicate balance between privacy and security, and much more.

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Narrated by David Strathairn, this acclaimed global affairs documentary series explores critical global issues facing the world today. Featuring nearly 100 guests from the U.S. military’s top brass to ambassadors and leading members of Congress, Great Decisions examines the West's relationship with Russia, sectarianism driving the conflict in the Middle East, the delicate balance between privacy and security, and much more.

    • EPISODE 1

    Sphere of Influence: Russia’s Foreign Policy

    As calls for closer ties with the EU failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in in November 2013. As the movement later known as the Euromaidan, or “Euro Square,” pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country’s eastern half: Russia. Putin’s pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?

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    • 25 Minutes

    As calls for closer ties with the EU failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in in November 2013. As the movement later known as the Euromaidan, or “Euro Square,” pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country’s eastern half: Russia. Putin’s pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?

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    • 25 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    The Tradeoff: Privacy in a Digital World

    Our idea of “privacy” has changed in the digital age. Fearful of government tyranny, America’s founders designed constraints into the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned. Security concerns have prompted the government to engage in a new level of surveillance of the American people – and its allies. How will we balance privacy and security at home and abroad?

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    Our idea of “privacy” has changed in the digital age. Fearful of government tyranny, America’s founders designed constraints into the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned. Security concerns have prompted the government to engage in a new level of surveillance of the American people – and its allies. How will we balance privacy and security at home and abroad?

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    • 25 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    The Great Divide: Sunni vs Shia

    Sectarianism has spread its divisive influence across the Middle East — from the Persian Gulf to Lebanon, Syria to Egypt. Already weakened nation-states, struggling to grapple with the continued Sunni-Shia conflict and minority rights, faced new difficulties following the upheavals of the Arab Spring. What can the U.S. do to avoid adding fuel to the fire while securing its interests in the region?

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    • 25 Minutes

    Sectarianism has spread its divisive influence across the Middle East — from the Persian Gulf to Lebanon, Syria to Egypt. Already weakened nation-states, struggling to grapple with the continued Sunni-Shia conflict and minority rights, faced new difficulties following the upheavals of the Arab Spring. What can the U.S. do to avoid adding fuel to the fire while securing its interests in the region?

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    • 25 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    India Rising

    Inspired by its “top-down” model for growth, the world’s largest democracy has started taking its cues from China, one of America’s economic rivals. It’s a mindset that led to Modi’s election in 2014, and has signaled the developing economy’s desire for real change. Now, it’s up to the U.S. to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.

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    • 26 Minutes

    Inspired by its “top-down” model for growth, the world’s largest democracy has started taking its cues from China, one of America’s economic rivals. It’s a mindset that led to Modi’s election in 2014, and has signaled the developing economy’s desire for real change. Now, it’s up to the U.S. to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.

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    • 26 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    The Promise of Africa

    Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region?

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    • 25 Minutes

    Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region?

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    • 25 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    Syria: The World’s Largest Refugee Crisis

    Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains.

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    • 26 Minutes

    Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains.

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    • EPISODE 7

    Modern Day Slavery

    Human trafficking represents over $30 billion in international trade per annum and continues to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. The U.S. and the international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to truly understand and combat the issue, they must find the root causes enabling smugglers to commit millions into slavery.

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    • 26 Minutes

    Human trafficking represents over $30 billion in international trade per annum and continues to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. The U.S. and the international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to truly understand and combat the issue, they must find the root causes enabling smugglers to commit millions into slavery.

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    • 26 Minutes
    • EPISODE 8

    Building Brazil

    Brazil — it’s the “B” in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence — it’s drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — staggering income inequality, weak civic institutions, poor regional leadership — have held it back.

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    • 25 Minutes

    Brazil — it’s the “B” in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence — it’s drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — staggering income inequality, weak civic institutions, poor regional leadership — have held it back.

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    • 25 Minutes
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