Interviewees: James M. Goldgeier, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations, Council on Foreign Relations
Derek H. Chollet, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Interviewer: Robert McMahon, Deputy Editor, CFR.org
June 12, 2008
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