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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

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

Matthew Levitt comes back on the show to talk about his expert testimony in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as well as the process of radicalization and countering violent extremism.

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Direct download: MEW_Matt_Levitt_Apr_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

Hassan Hassan comes on the show to talk about issues related to the fight against ISIS. Topics we covered include:

  • ISIS growth in North Africa
  • Where ISIS is winning, and where it is losing
  • Tactical vs. strategic effects of airstrikes on ISIS
  • Influence of Management of Savegery on ISIS actions and propaganda
  • Importance of local forces and tribes in fighting ISIS
  • Challenges to building those local forces
  • ISIS is setting the agenda, but the world needs to change that

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Direct download: HassanHassan_Feb15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

Aaron Stein joins me for part 2 of our discussion on Turkey’s Middle East foreign policy. You can listen to part 1 here.

In this episode we talked about Turkey’s foreign policy towards Syria and Iraq, from the time the AKP came to power in 2002 to the current crisis.

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Direct download: SourcesOfTurkishConduct_pt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

Yasmine Ryan comes back on the show to talk about the recent elections in Tunisia. We talked about the major political parties in Tunisia (going beyond Islamist vs. secular), the level of participation and interest in the political process, economic challenges facing Tunisia, the upcoming presidential election, and more.

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Direct download: Yasmine_Ryan_Nov_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

Aaron Zelin comes back on the show to discuss the Khorasan group, US-led airstrikes on Jabhat al-Nusra targets in addition to ISIS, the potential for JaN-ISIS reconciliation, jihadis in Gaza, and more.

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Direct download: Zelin_3_Oct_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

Elizabeth Dickinson comes back on the show to discuss Gulf funding for jihadi groups in light of recent advances by ISIS in Iraq.

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Direct download: ElizabethDickinson2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

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.

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Direct download: MEW_AymennPieter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

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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Direct download: MEW_Wing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

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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Direct download: MEW_MuhannaFIX.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT