Interviewer: Jonathan Masters, CFR Associate Staff Writer
Interviewee: Abderrahim Foukara, Washington, DC, Bureau Chief for al-Jazeera Arabic
February 17, 2011
The al-Jazeera satellite network, which has been instrumental in covering the protests in the Arab world, is garnering increasing attention for the depth and breadth of its coverage and the integral role it has served in fomenting the events. For some observers (ForeignPolicy), al-Jazeera, or "the island" in Arabic, has become part of the story. Abderrahim Foukara, the Washington, DC, bureau chief for al-Jazeera Arabic, characterizes the network as "a channel that sees the world through Arab eyes." He says the network had its beginnings as an upstart alternative to the region's state-owned media and has grown into its current position as the channel offering the broadest coverage of the Arab-Muslim world. "In terms of acute crisis, a channel like al-Jazeera imposes its presence." In light of President Barack Obama's 2009 speech in Cairo, Foukara notes that the new administration recognizes the significance of the network in the president's campaign to improve relations with the region. He concludes by suggesting that the region's youthful demographics offer the United States a prime opportunity to promote its values and cultivate the spirit of human enterprise.
The definitive account of the secret war in Laos, which forever changed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers. More
CFR President Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism to climate change. More
Alden provides an enlightening history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy. More
The Task Force finds that Alaska and the Arctic are of growing economic and geostrategic importance and recommends actions to improve the United States’ strategic presence in the Arctic region.
The Task Force recommends revising U.S. policy toward North Korea to break the cycle of North Korean provocation and promote stability in Northeast Asia.
India now matters to U.S. interests in virtually every dimension. This Independent Task Force report assesses the current situation in India and the U.S.-India relationship, and suggests a new model for partnership with a rising India.
Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster than in wealthier countries. The report outlines a plan for collective action on this growing epidemic.
News in the United States is being falsified and weaponized in similar ways as in Egypt and Turkey, argues Steven A. Cook. However, unlike...
Journalists discuss the risks of reporting on conflicts and wars in the Middle East.
Al Jazeera America arrives on the U.S. cable TV scene in a bid to win goodwill and market share through an increasingly rare news-heavy...