The Alyona Show: Pakistani Influence

Reports are flowing out of Pakistan that the government in Islamabad wants to be part of negotiations between the United States and Afghanistan. This marks the first time Pakistan has indicated it wants to intervene directly between Washington and Kabul. Walid Phares of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies joins Alyona to discuss the strategic implications of this decision from Pakistan. Then, with US President Barack Obama facing difficult challenges in the Senate, Christopher Beam of Slate sits down in the studio with Alyona to discuss the problems of the filibuster and the other unique complexities of the US Senate. 

The European Union has championed the ideal of a united continental economy, but it is now under extreme pressure as Greece's economy continues to pull down on the weight of the Euro. Reason Foundation economist Anthony Randazzo drops by to dissect the fallout from this unprecedented problem in Europe, including its effects on the United States economy. And finally, on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the world has its eyes set on the Islamic Republic. With international sanctions looming and Iran on the verge of becoming a "nuclear state," Michael Adler from the Woodrow Wilson Center for Public Policy sits down with Alyona to discuss Tehran's role within the international community.