Middle East Week

Phillip Smyth comes back on the show to discuss Iranian-backed militias and their role in the current crisis in Iraq.

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Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi comes on the show to discuss the recent operations by ISIS in Iraq, other insurgent groups affecting the situation on the ground, and the interactions between the various Jihadi groups.

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John Horgan comes on the show to discuss his work studying the psychology of terrorism.

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Joel Wing returns to the show to discuss Iraq’s recent election, the government’s handling of security issues, and Iraq’s continuing budget problems.

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Clint Watts comes on the show to discuss his recent “Smarter Counterterrorism” series of articles for FPRI.

Clint’s FPRI series:

  1. Smarter Counterterrorism in The Age of Competing Al Qaeda’s
  2. Treating America’s al Qaeda Addiction
  3. Jihadi Competition After al Qaeda Hegemony – The ‘Old Guard’, Team ISIS & The Battle For Jihadi Hearts & Minds
  4. ISIS’s Rise After al Qaeda’s House of Cards
  5. How does the U.S. counter al Qaeda while al Qaeda fights itself?
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Karl Sharro comes on the show to discuss presidential politics in Lebanon, background on Lebanon's political blocs, and the role of satire in discussing events in the Middle East.  

Links related to this episode can be found at http://middleeastweek.org

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Yasmine Ryan comes on the show to discuss Algeria's post-civil war history, the political situation in Algeria, and Algeria's importance in the MENA region.  We also discuss Bouteflika's rise to power and recent re-election as president in Algeria.  

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Sama'a Al-Hamdani joins me to discuss the background of Yemen's 2011 revolution, as well as the religious, tribal, and geographic divisions that have shaped events in Yemen.  We also discuss Yemen's economic problems, challenges that Yemeni's face in day-to-day life, and the government's inability to solve the problem of terrorism in Yemen.

Links related to this episode can be found at http://middleeastweek.org

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Matthew Reed discusses the oil crises in Libya, as well as political problems that post-Qaddafi Libya has faced.  We cover the causes of the oil crisis, its economic effects, the federalist movement in Libya, and the Libyan central government’s lack of control and authority.

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J.M. Berger discusses jihadi groups use of Twitter, and social media in general.  Topics include how jihadi organizations and individuals take advantage of the medium, responses of social media companies to terrorist activity on their platforms, and how governments have responded to the growth in social media use by jihadis.  

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Category: -- posted at: 12:46pm EST