Middle East Week

Michael Stephens comes back on the show to discuss the United Kingdom’s efforts to fight the Islamic State in Syria, as well as the latest developments in the diplomatic process seeking to bring an end to the conflict. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Background on UK foreign policy towards the conflict in Syria over the past few years
  • The scars of the Iraq war and how they influence the perception of the conflict in Syria
  • The unique military capabilities that the UK brings to the anti-IS coalition
  • The need to separate UK and European domestic security issues and the fight against IS held territory
  • Why the UK is unlikely to increase its role in Syria, such as sending ground troops
  • The recent UN Security Council resolution on Syria

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Direct download: MEW_Michael_Stephens_23_Dec_15.mp3
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Bridget Moreng comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Tunisia. Some of the topics covered include:

  • What factors lead to the growth of jihadism after Ben Ali
  • The relationship between AST, AQ, and KUIN
  • Tunisian government efforts to combat jihadist groups
  • The day-to-day attacks that go unnoticed
  • The importance of the tourism industry in Tunisia
  • Potential for Tunisia to become an Islamic State - al Qaeda battleground

Links:
- Tunisian Jihadism after the Sousse Massacre | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
- Valens Global
- Bridget Moreng (@BridgetMoreng) on Twitter
- Karl Morand (@KarlMorand) on Twitter

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Direct download: MEW_Bridget_Moreng_5_Dec_15.mp3
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