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We're joined by RIT professor Sarah Burns, who has written a new book called "The Politics of War Powers." She argues that the U.S. Constitution creates an invitation to struggle between the legislative and executive branches of government, but the president has little checks and balances when it comes to how he uses the U.S. military.

She joins us to discuss her research, and how it relates to recent events in Iran. In studio:

  • Sarah Burns, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at RIT, and author of “The Politics of War Powers: The Theory and History of Presidential Unilateralism”

The world seems to be on a knife's edge in so many regions, and American relationships are vital.

We welcome a semi-regular guest to discuss his latest work in understanding world events and geopolitics in Russia, China, and more. We also discuss the Iran crisis. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

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Amid tensions between the U.S. and Iran, one Iranian RIT student says he’s worried about what this means for citizens back home.

Amir is an Iranian PhD student at Rochester Insitute of Technology. He asked to use a pseudonym to protect his identity because he’s concerned about his family’s safety. 

Amir says that on Tuesday night when news hit that Iran had struck two U.S. military bases in Iraq, he was scared it meant war.

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A Rochester-based Iranian-American human rights lawyer says that the U.S. drone air strike that killed Iran’s top military commander is part of a decades-long series of aggressions by the U.S. against the Middle Eastern country.

Tina Monshipour Foster works with Volunteer Legal Services of Monroe County.“I think that the people who are suffering there in Iran because of the current regime are doing so in part because of U.S. actions,” Foster says.

How are world events impacting travel and study abroad? The current political and social climate have led to calls for universities to stop sending students to countries like Iran. These critics say students face real threats in countries experiencing unrest, and it’s reckless for colleges to ignore them. At the same time, a new interactive travel map highlighting risk levels across the globe shows Iran is low risk, and as safe as the UK.

This hour, we sit down with international travelers and security experts to discuss the current state of foreign travel and what we need to know. In studio:

  • Heidi Friederich, professional volunteer and world traveler who just returned from Iran
  • Shahin Monshipour, director of the International Culture and Arts Network, and adjunct instructor of anthropology and sociology at RIT
  • Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester
  • Alan Ryon, manager for international travel and security at the University of Rochester