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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: North Korean Threat
Thursday, 04/04/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
Tensions continue in Asia as North Korea responds angrily to new United Nations sanctions and the latest U.S./South Korean military exercises, with threats to attack South Korea - and America - with nuclear missiles. Barrie Dunsmore offers his analysis.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Middle East Trip
Thursday, 03/07/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
In two weeks time, President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in the Middle East and for the first time in his presidency, will be visiting Israel.  Barrie Dunsmore examines the importance of this presidential trip.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: World Islam
Thursday, 02/21/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
The resignation of the pope has raised the attention of the mass media on the Roman Catholic Church - for the moment. But it has also prompted Barrie Dunsmore to reflect on just how much more of a factor than Catholicism Islam has become in shaping events of our world.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: The Gatekeepers
Thursday, 02/07/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
When the Academy Awards are presented later this month, Barrie Dunsmore will be paying special attention to the documentary category. This morning he tells us why one particular film in this group is attracting great international interest.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Israeli Elections
Friday, 01/25/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
This week's Israeli election did not exactly meet expectations and has created considerable uncertainty about the future direction of the country. Veteran ABC News foreign correspondent Barrie Dunsmore has been examining possible consequences of the vote.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: The Hagel Nomination
Friday, 01/11/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
President Barack Obama's nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, will face stiff opposition in his upcoming senate confirmation hearings. This morning Barrie Dunsmore examines the reasons behind that opposition.
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Commentary Series: Brunch Sampler: Barrie Dunsmore
Wednesday, 01/02/13
By Barrie Dunsmore
At the Commentator Brunch earlier this year, on the theme, "When Worlds Collide" - Barrie Dunsmore took the opportunity to reflect on a recent literary and cinematic phenomenon.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Syrian Update
Friday, 12/14/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
The American decision to formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people, is seen by critics here and abroad as too little, too late. But Barrie Dunsmore says we should see Washington's great caution over involvement in the Syrian revolution as the new normal
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: The Real Lincoln
Friday, 11/30/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
Nearly every American knows that during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War was fought and won by the North, the slaves were freed and Lincoln was assassinated. But as Barrie Dunsmore tells us this morning, Americans who wish to know more about their country's greatest president will be well served by going to see the new motion picture "Lincoln."
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Filibuster
Friday, 11/16/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
By a wide margin Americans believed the last United States Congress was dysfunctional. Now many voters are concerned that last week's election didn't do much to alter that partisan gridlock. However, as Barrie Dunsmore explains, there is a revision of senate rules being contemplated that could make the next Congress quite different.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Race Today
Friday, 11/02/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
We are currently being inundated with election polls that often give conflicting information. But last weekend a poll was published that Barrie Dunsmore found to be particularly notable.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Sound Foreign Policy Judgement
Friday, 10/19/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
The final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy, takes place next Monday night in Florida. Barrie Dunsmore offers a historical context for viewing that discussion.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Style Over Substance
Friday, 10/05/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
Most of the media pundits have declared Republican presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney the victor in his first debate with president Barack Obama. Barrie Dunsmore grades the news media.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Coping with Freedom
Friday, 09/21/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
Barrie Dunsmore says that the current turmoil in the Middle East should come as no surprise - because much of the region is still in the throes of revolution.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: October Suprise
Friday, 09/07/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
America's role in the world was a low priority subject at both political conventions. Yet as Barrie Dunsmore notes today, there's still time for the world to force itself onto the election agenda before the November elections.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Remembering Gore Vidal
Friday, 08/10/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
In his thirty plus years as ABC News diplomatic and foreign correspondent, Barrie Dunsmore traveled with American presidents and secretaries of state and met many world leaders. He also had the good fortune to interact with an international cultural icon who died recently.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Syria After Assad
Friday, 07/27/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
The 16 month old crisis in Syria may be moving toward the end of more than four decades of Assad family rule. But as Barrie Dunsmore explains, what would replace the Assad regime is very uncertain.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Arafat Post Mortem
Friday, 07/13/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
Ever since his death in 2004 there have been rumors that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of natural causes. As Barrie Dunsmore tells us, new information has come to light that suggests Arafat might have been poisoned.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Egyptian Standoff
Friday, 06/29/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
Even with the election of the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi as the country's first-ever freely elected civilian president, the Egyptian Revolution continues to look uncertain. Barrie Dunsmore reviews where things now stand.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Nuclear Chicken
Friday, 06/15/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
The next meeting to discuss Iran’s nuclear program is set for Monday in Moscow. And Barrie Dunsmore tells us that the mood prior to these negotiations is pessimistic.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Syrian Analysis
Friday, 06/01/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
The bloodletting in Syria continues to confound the international community. What America should be doing has also become a presidential election campaign issue. Barrie Dunsmore offers this analysis.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Israel Debates Iran
Friday, 05/04/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
The possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program weighs heavily on the price of gasoline, the world economic recovery and the outcome of the 2012 American presidential election. Barrie Dunsmore examines the growing opposition to an attack on Iran - in Israel.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Battle Fatigue
Friday, 04/20/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
The war news from Afghanistan was not good this past week - although diplomatic talks with Iran over its nuclear program after a long hiatus show some promise. Barrie Dunsmore brings us up to date.
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: The New Normal
Friday, 04/06/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
Seven people were killed this week when an apparently disgruntled former student opened fire on students and staff of a religious college near Oakland, California. Barrie Dunsmore calls this "the new normal."
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Commentary Series: Dunsmore: Talk of War
Friday, 03/09/12
By Barrie Dunsmore
This past week, the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington generated much new talk of war with Iran. Today, commentator and retired ABC News diplomatic correspondent Barrie Dunsmore tells us where prospects for such a war apparently now stand.
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