Middle East Week

Aaron Stein comes on the show to discuss recent attacks in Turkey by the Islamic State and the PKK. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Background on the various groups involved in recent attacks
  • The changing tactics and strategy of groups launching attacks in Turkey
  • The significance of the fact that these attacks are from Turkey-based networks
  • How the recent violence could affect Turkish politics
  • Turkey’s recent refugee deal with the EU

Links:

Direct download: MEW_Aaron_Stein_Mar_16.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Adam Baron comes back on the show to discuss the conflict in Yemen as it enters its second year. We covered a variety of topics related to the current situation and how things could play out in the near future:

  • What casual observers missunderstand
  • Challenge of getting unbiased information about what’s happening on the ground
  • Recent border truce between the Saudis and Houthis
  • Saudi coalition strikes against al-Qaeda, and AQ’s current strength in the country
  • What the future could hold for former president Saleh
  • What the international community can do to help the situation
  • The humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Links:

Direct download: MEW_Adam_Baron_14_Mar_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

1