Middle East Week

Pieter Van Ostaeyen and Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi join me to discuss the various rebel groups in Syria. We talk about recent rebel group mergers, fighting amongst rebel groups, their interaction with local communities, foreign fighters joining the rebels, and much more.

Pieter’s Blog
Aymenn’s Blog
Pieter on Twitter @p_vanostaeyen
Aymenn on Twitter @ajaltamimi

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

Joel Wing, author of the Musings On Iraq Blog, joins me to discuss the current security, political, and economic situation in Iraq.


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Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm EST

Elias Muhanna @QifaNabki joins me to discuss the current political situation in Lebanon and Hezbollah's increasing involvement in the Syrian conflict. Elias is a professor of comparative literature and Middle East studies at Brown university and is the author of the Qifa Nabki blog on Lebanese politics, history, and culture.


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Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

Aaron Stein joins me to discuss recent protests in Turkey. Stein is a researcher at the Istanbul based Center for Economics & Foreign Policy Studies and runs the blog Turkey Wonk.


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Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Aaron Zelin joins me to discuss Sunni foreign fighters in the Syrian conflict. Zelin is a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and runs the blog Jihadology.net. He also recently co-authored a study with Flashpoint Partners "Convoy of Martyrs in the Levant: A Joint Study Charting the Evolving Role of Sunni Foreign Fighters in the Armed Uprising Against the Assad Regime in Syria.


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Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

Christopher Anzalone joins me to discuss conceptions of military jihad and martyrdom among contemporary Muslim militants, including an in-depth discussion of Liwa Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas in Syria and the different Sadrist groups in Iraq. Anzalone is a PhD student at McGill University and an adjunct research fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University.


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Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

Majid Rafizadeh joins me to discuss the upcoming Iranian presidential election. Majid is the president of the International American Council on the Middle East and North Africa and a contributing editor for the Harvard International Review.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

Gregory D. Johnsen, author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia joins me to discuss U.S. counter terrorism policy in Yemen, particularly the use of drones, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder's letter confirming the death of four Americans by drone strikes and President Obama's May 23rd speech on U.S. counter terrorism policy.


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Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

Eliot Higgins, the author of the Brown Moses Blog joins me to discuss the flow and use of weapons in Syria. Higgins' blog has been an influential and widely read resource for tracking the various weapons that have been used in Syria, particularly related to the potential use of chemical weapons.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross joins me to discuss Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST). We talk about AST's background, operations, and the recent events surrounding the government crackdown on their Kairouan Conference. Daveed is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and has recently finished a research fellowship at the International Center for Counter-Terorism at The Hague where he focused on AST.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EST