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    Luke Vargas

    Chief Foreign Correspondent

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    Luke Vargas is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for Talk Media News based at the United Nations headquarters in New York and reports on diplomacy, global elections and international development.

    Luke has spearheaded international coverage from 40 countries, relaying news to American audiences from Zika labs in Brazil, sprawling refugee camps in the Jordanian desert, military strategy rooms in Vietnam and the front lines of the Ukrainian revolution.

    A student of Eastern European and Russian history, Luke has traveled extensively across the former Soviet Union and frequently reports on Russian politics. Luke was among the first reporters to identify the political importance of the Crimean Peninsula during the 2014 Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine, and he reported from the port city of Sevastopol weeks before it became the focus of global attention.

    Luke got his start in journalism in high school, covering the 2008 presidential election in New Hampshire. His blogging coverage attracted the attention of local and national media outlets, and he began to make regular radio and television appearances from hundreds of campaign events around the country. Luke's  photography has been published by The New Yorker, CNN, Al-Jazeera and the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Luke continues to cover American elections and America's global place in the world.

    Luke is a frequent guest on the BBC, South African Broadcasting Company, CBS TV affiliates and radio stations around the world. Born in Boston, he currently lives in New Jersey and enjoys mountain biking, gardening and designing board games.

    Diagnosing rising populism in Europe is easy. Figuring out how to stop it isn't.

    Duke's Bruce Jentleson says Russia's 'disruptive' foreign policy is succeeding, with the US stymied in Venezuela and risking conflict with Iran.

    'We should keep in mind the national interest and what actually harms American interests, not the interests of our sometime-partners in the Gulf'

    A new report finds the international order continued to fray in 2018 in the face of a daunting set of global challenges like climate change.

    40,000 ISIS fighters are reportedly trying to return home or travel elsewhere, posing a challenge for countries unfamiliar with fighting terrorism.

    American farmers have been hard hit by the ongoing US-China trade spat. Their fortunes could worsen if a deal isn't reached soon.

    The center-right governments of Chile and Brazil have been outspoken in their criticism of Nicolás Maduro.

    The Extinction Rebellion protest movement still wants the British government to aim for net zero emissions by 2025.

    'There was already a lot of indication he didn’t have the support of the military he’d been counting on.'

    China's steadily rising military budget heralds an approaching bipolarity in which the U.S. may no longer the world's sole military superpower.