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April 8 & 11: from Washington - Augusta, Georgia - Mojave desert - Tripoli - Phnom Penh

Everything's coming up nukes! Amid a flurry of global negotiations, we ask where the real progress will be made. 

Make-believe in the Mojave. The California desert stands in for Afghanistan, as young Canadian soldiers and journalists learn hard truths about each other. 

The soft hands and clay feet of Tiger Woods. Our correspondent observes the return of an incomplete athlete. 

Darfur. It's everybody's favorite war, according to the author of a new book that says the celebrity campaign to end it only makes things worse. 

All that, and our look back at Ghadaffi's lock on Libya, and the Great Game underway in Cambodia.

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New targets for fewer nukes

We're entering a significant period for global security. Call it...nuclear spring.

Russia and the U.S. recently agreed to cut back on warheads. The Americans just cut back on targets, and the circumstances under which they'd attack them.

Next week Washington hosts the world at the Nuclear Security Summit. Then comes a U.N. conference on non-proliferation.

"What's it matter?" you ask -- when Russia and the U.S. still have thousands of warheads pointed at each other and ready to fire.

And that's not even the biggest nuclear threat these days. Keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists is. And it's the challenge facing more than 40 world leaders attending next week's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

President Obama set his tone with a shift in American nuclear posture.

To assess where all this is pointing, Rick spoke with the CBC's Washington correspondent Michael Colton.

Listen to Rick's interview with Michael....

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Re-striping Tiger

Back in the '60s, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai was asked what he thought of the French Revolution 160 years earlier. "Too early to tell," he reportedly said.

Tiger Woods
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Which brings us to Tiger Woods.

He emerged from isolation this week seeking to recover his reputation and his nation's forgiveness.

How's he doing?

CBC Correspondent Keith Boag considers the question in this week's guest essay from the Master's in Augusta, Georgia.

Keith in Augusta, Georgia... 

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Mock war, real conflict

A few seasons ago, Rick took us inside a simulated Iraqi landscape, built on a Louisiana military base and used to train American troops.

Now it's Canada's turn.

Fresh Canadian troops are preparing for Afghanistan on a mockup in California's Mojave desert.

And so are Canadian student journalists.

Together they're discovering they might be from the same country, but they're not always from the same planet, says Canadian journalist Gabi Veras, in the simulated war zone.

Gabi's dispatch...

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Everyone's favorite African war

When western celebrities and other high-profile personalities get involved in distant civil wars, it's not always helpful.

When they embraced the conflict in Darfur, British journalist Rob Crilly found the way it was presented didn't always reflect the way things were during his five years on the ground.

Rob Crilly is the author of Saving Darfur: Everyone's Favorite African War.

He's in London, England...

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Muammar's Desert Classic

That Muammar Ghadaffi sure puts the 'fore' in foreign policy.

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His pronouncements are like wayward golf shots that should come with shouted warnings since they so often cause injury to somebody.

His latest wild drive is a call for a divided Nigeria, the way he once suggested dividing Switzerland.

After the predictable Nigerian backlash, Ghadaffi refined his thinking. Now he proposes simply dividing it into "many" ethnic states.

It's the kind of thing you only hear from strongmen who enjoy the kind of absolute power he's had for the past 41 years.

To his credit, he has acknowledged some past errors, and begun opening his country and its citizens to foreign influences.

But Libya is not going to be about Libyans as long as he keeps it a place of stifled comment and unspoken truths, as CBC correspondent Margaret Evans reminded us in this essay last spring.

Margaret's dispatch from Libya...

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Great Game afoot in Cambodia

Western nations are in a quiet contest with Middle Eastern Muslim groups for influence in Cambodia.

Both desire a foothold in the country's Islamic population, though Muslims there are uneasy with the scrutiny.

Cambodia's Muslims, called the Chams, had lived among Cambodia's Khmers for 500 years.

The last time their own government paid them any attention it was the '70s, and thousands were slaughtered by the ruling Khmer Rouge.

In this report, first aired last season, Dispatches contributor Brian Calvert witnessed the lasting impact it continues to have on in the sweltering summer countryside.

Brian's documentary...

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And since that story aired last season, four more former Khmer leaders have been targetted for war crimes trials. And the play that opened that piece, Breaking The Silence, has taken off, with a radio broadcast and sales of CDs -- and plans for another run onstage in Cambodia this year.

This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally with technical producer Victor Johnston, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae.

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