The Alyona Show: STARTing Over

 The United States and Russia have officially signed the new START Treaty, setting a framework to reduce the world’s nuclear weapon stockpile by almost a third. With the upcoming nuclear security summit in Washington next week, the world was focused on Prague as US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedevey set the tone for international nuclear disarmament. Former United States Ambassador to Russia and the current director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, James Collins joins Alyona live in studio to give his perspective on this historic treaty.

The treaty to lower stockpiles of nuclear weapons between Russia and the United States is a complicated one. The holders of the world's two largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons have had to tread carefully in order to ensure both sides are on an equal playing field. To break down the specifics of this treaty and tell you what it really says, Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, is live with Alyona.

The president of Kyrgyzstan has been overthrown by an opposition movement led by Roza Otunbayeva. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, despite being forced to flee south, refuses to give up power, setting the stage for an unpredictable situation in one of the most strategically important countries to both the United States and Russia. Alisher Khamidov, professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University is in studio with Alyona to give his expertise.

As we climb our way out of the financial crisis, many are insisting that regulation and reform be part of the plan. What led us into disaster should not be allowed to happen again, but this is easier said than done. Well, unless you’re one of the world’s richest men, and are willing to throw millions of dollars of your personal money at fixing the problem. That is exactly what George Soros plans to do. To tell you about the plan, Alyona talks with Gregory White of the Business Insider.

Smoking on US flights is illegal. That’s been pretty clear for a while now. Unfortunately for a Qatari diplomat on board a flight to Denver, he decided to light one up inside the bathroom and was escorted off the plane by US air marshals. Diplomatic immunity is a pretty powerful force, but Homeland Security was more concerned with passenger safety, and now the diplomat is headed back to Qatar. Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks joins Alyona with his view on the story.