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Michael Knights comes back on the show to discuss issues related to Kurdish independence. Topics covered include:

  • Kurdish autonomy through the 1990’s and 2000’s
  • The Kurdish economy and the importance of oil
  • Unity and cooperation amongst various Kurdish political parties and organizations
  • The potential future importance of Kurdish natural gas
  • How the international community has approached the issue of Kurdish independence
  • What the future could hold for Kurdish political and economic independence

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Direct download: Michael_Knights_Nov_14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

Adam Baron comes on the show to discuss the ongoing political chaos in Yemen. Topics covered include:

  • Who the Houthis are, and where they get their power and influence
  • Saleh’s continued grip on power and recent connections to the Houthis
  • The Islamist Islah party’s current status
  • How AQAP fits into the current chaos
  • What president Hadi has been able to accomplish over the past two years
  • The importance of local politics in Yemen
  • The relevance of the international community (including the recent sanctions) on Yemeni politics
  • Problems with viewing the situation in Yemen through a sectarian lens

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Direct download: Adam_Baron_Nov_14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:42pm 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

Humera Khan comes on the show to discuss countering violent extremism (CVE) and deradicalisation. We talked about CVE strategies, how CVE differs from counter-terrorism, the role of social media in CVE, and much more.

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Direct download: Humera_Khan_25_Oct_14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

Jeffrey Lewis comes on the show to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. We cover many arms control issues related to the ongoing negotiations.

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Direct download: Jeffrey_Lewis_Oct_14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:57am 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

Michael Stephens comes on the show to discuss the recent ISIS attack on Kobani, the US-led airstrikes in Syria, long-term issues related to the conflict in Syria, and much more.

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Direct download: Michael_Stephens_23_Sep_14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Joel Wing comes back on the show to discuss recent developments in Iraq. We talked about IS executions, Iraq’s economic problems, Kurdish and Iraqi forces ability to work together, shelling of civilian areas, and more.

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Direct download: Joel_Wing.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

Mary Fitzgerald comes on the show to discuss the ongoing turmoil in Libya. We discussed the current status of the Libyan government, the variety of groups and individuals involved in the conflict, the role of tribes in Libya, and much more.

Direct download: MaryFitzgerald.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

Imad Mesdoua comes back on the show to discuss Algeria. We talked about the evolving power dynamics in Algeria, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the country.

Direct download: ImadMesdoua2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:19am EDT