The White House begins a summit with Persian Gulf nations this week in Washington. But the meetings will feature just two heads of state after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced he wasn’t coming. White House officials deny the King’s decision was a deliberate “snub” but there are reports the U.S. rejected a defense treaty proposed by Gulf countries prior to the summit. And Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Vladimir Putin in Russia today on the conflict with Syria and the Ukraine ceasefire. It’s the first direct talks between the two countries in two years. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss America’s shifting relationships with long-standing allies and debate over its role in the world.


  • David Rothkopf CEO and editor, FP group, which publishes Foreign Policy Magazine; author of "National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear" (2014)
  • Kim Ghattas International affairs correspondent, BBC; author of "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."
  • Ambassador Nicholas Burns Professor of diplomacy and international politics, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; foreign affairs columnist for the Boston Globe; former under secretary of state (2005-08) and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-05)
  • Ian Bremmer President, Eurasia Group; author of "Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World"

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