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Adam Baron comes back on the show to talk about the recent political drama in Yemen. We covered some of the major events of the past few months and then discussed other issues including:

  • Former ex-president Hadi ‘leaving’ Sanaa for Aden
  • Embassy closures in Yemen and what that could mean for the country
  • The southern secession movement and why they’ve been unable to capitalize on Yemen’s political chaos
  • The Houthi’s aims, and the blunders that have eroded some of their popular support
  • The potential for Yemen’s political problems to become far more violent
  • Failures of the international community to effectively handle the situation in Yemen
  • Role of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other neighboring countries in the current conflict
  • Humanitarian problems that go largely unnoticed but could have serious long-term implications

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Direct download: AdamBaron_Feb15.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

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 EST

Phillip Smyth comes back on the show to talk about The Shiite Jihad in Syria and Its Regional Effects, his recent monograph for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Topics covered include:

  • Why Shiite jihadi groups don’t receive nearly as much attention as Sunni ones
  • Recruitment methods used by Shiite militia groups
  • Risks faced by not addressing the issue of Shiite jihadi groups
  • Phillip’s policy recommendations presented in his monograph

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Direct download: Phillip_Smyth_Feb_15.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:48am EST

Hussein Ibish comes back on the show to talk about recent issues in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict, including Palestinian efforts to join international organizations and treaties, support for Palestine from other Arab states, Israel’s withholding of Palestinian tax revenue, and much more.

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Direct download: Hussein_Ibish_Jan_15.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:38pm EST

Shashank Joshi comes on the show to talk about India’s Middle East foreign policy. Topics we covered include:

  • Importance of remittances from Indians living in the Middle East
  • India’s relationship with Israel
  • Why India sees an “advantage in obscurity” in deciding its Middle East strategies
  • Indian hostages in Iraq and India’s inability to effectively respond to the situation
  • India’s need for a “Look West” policy in addition to “Look East”
  • India’s relationship with Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Direct download: Shashank_Joshi_Jan_15.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:47pm EST

Mary Fitzgerald comes back on the show to discuss the conflict in Libya. Topics we covered include:

  • The two competing parliaments, their strengths and weaknesses, and the various armed groups that make up their coalitions
  • The complexity of the conflict, and the importance of resisting simplistic narratives to describe the situation
  • Political leaders’ ability to control the armed groups operating in Libya
  • Attempts by the UN and UN Special Representative Bernadino Leon to deal with the crisis
  • Contradictions between what Libyan political leaders say and what they do
  • External actors’ role in the development and escalation of the crisis
  • How Libya’s oil factors into the conflict
  • What could come next in the Libyan conflict

Make sure you check out the upcoming book that Mary co-authored: The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath - you can pre-order it on Amazon.

Direct download: Mary_Fitzgerald_Jan_15.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:23pm EST

Sam Heller comes on the show to talk about infighting in Jabhat al-Nusrah, JaN’s evolving strategy in Syria, and their relationship with Ahrar al-Sham and other jihadi groups in Syria.

Sam’s recent posts on Jihadology.net:

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Direct download: Sam_Heller_Dec_14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Nate Rabkin comes back on the show to talk about the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). We discussed the problems that were exposed by the ISIS advance this summer, efforts over the past few months to rebuild the ISF, the importance of Shiite militias in Iraq, the lack of cooperation between the ISF and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, what US airstrikes and military advisors mean for the ISF, current problems within the ISF, and more.

Nate is the managing editor of Inside Iraqi Politics, an excellent newsletter with in-depth information and analysis on Iraq.

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Direct download: Nate_Rabkin_Dec_14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:10am EST

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 EST

Aaron Stein joins me for a joint Middle East Week and Turkey Wonk podcast about Turkey’s foreign policy in the Middle East. This is part one of two episodes that are based on a forthcoming book by Aaron on this topic. In this first part we discussed:

  • Turkey’s policy of “Strategic Depth”
  • The motivations behind the AKP’s foreign policy strategy
  • Turkey’s role as mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their support for Hamas
  • How Turkey reacted to the start of the Arab Spring in Tunisia
  • Turkey’s reaction to the uprising in Libya and their role in the current conflict
  • The ups and downs of Turkey’s foreign policy in Egypt after the fall of Mubarak

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Direct download: SourcesOfTurkishConductPt1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:18pm EST