Middle East Week

Aaron Zelin of Jihadology.net joins me to discuss how jihadi groups are using the web. Zelin's recent New America Foundation paper "The State of Global Jihad Online" provided the basis for our discussion. Some of the topics covered include:

  • History of jihadi web usage
  • How web activity translates into real action
  • Use of private forums vs. social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Tracking jihadi web activity by intel agencies and academics
  • What happens when jihadi forums and accounts are taken down
  • English vs. Arabic jihadi activity online
  • The potential future of jihadi web activity

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Direct download: MEW_Zelin_2-12-13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

John B. Quigley, professor of law at The Ohio State University and author of the new book The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense: Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive War joins me to discuss the recent elections in Israel.

Topics covered:

  • The effect the Arab Spring has had on Israeli politics
  • Palestinian's view of the Israeli election
  • Arab participation in Israeli politics
  • Internal and external efforts to curtail Israeli settlements
  • Necessity for U.S. politicians to be pro-Israel
  • Effect of Hamas-Palestinian Authority conflict on the peace process
Direct download: MEW_Quigley_2-1-13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT