Middle East Week

Matt Levitt joins me to discuss Iran's support for international terrorism.  Matt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow & Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Aaron Zelin discusses shifting alliances amongst jihadi organizations.

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As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year I’m joined by Joshua Landis to discuss important issues including:

  • Recent advancements by the Assad regime
  • How the international community views the conflict
  • Fragmentation of opposition forces
  • Rebel governing of territories they control

Syria Comment - Syrian politics, history, and religion
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Elizabeth Dickinson joins me to discuss recent GCC political news, and her work studying private Gulf fundraising for Syrian rebel groups. Thomas Hegghammer returns to the show to talk about jihadi use of internet forums and social media, in particular the interpersonal trust issues jihadis face online.

Elizabeth Dickinson

Thomas Hegghammer

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This week Phillip Smyth joins me to discuss Shia militant groups in Bahrain, and Joel Wing talks with me about the continuing problems in Iraq.

Phillip Smyth

Joel Wing

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This week we have Elias Muhanna talking about the new government in Lebanon and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discussing Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia.

Elias Muhanna

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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