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Interviews with scholars of the Middle East about important events and issues in the region. In-depth information and analysis, not sound bites

Interviews with scholars of the Middle East about important events and issues in the region. In-depth information and analysis, not sound bites
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Interviews with scholars of the Middle East about important events and issues in the region. In-depth information and analysis, not sound bites

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@KarlMorand

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English


Episodes

French Political Culture and Radicalization

4/27/2016
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Chris Meserole comes on the show to discuss The French Connection, a piece in Foreign Affairs based on research he’s doing with Will McCants. Some of the topics covered include: Overview of the study and their initial findings Problems related to the use of the term ‘radicalization’ The data they used and unique measurements they created to contextualize it Limitations in the data available and the conclusions that makes possible Reactions and criticism of their work How younger scholars...

Duration: 00:56:18


Violence in Turkey on Two Fronts

3/26/2016
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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: Turkey’s Presidential Politics: The Far...

Duration: 00:24:05


War in Yemen: Confusion, Chaos, and a Bit of Optimism

3/14/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:43:40


Iraqi Military: Challenges & Opportunities

2/10/2016
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Nate Rabkin comes back on the show to discuss the Iraqi Security Forces and their ongoing efforts to retake territory that is controlled by the Islamic State. Some of the topics covered include: Effects of coalition efforts on the situation Places where Iraqi forces have made substantial progress The disparity between Iraqi special operations forces and regular army divisions Political problems that plague the Iraqi military Iraqi military’s short and long-term goals Problems holding...

Duration: 00:28:30


How the Fight Against the Islamic State Is Being Covered

1/25/2016
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Charlie Winter comes back on the show to discuss how the Islamic State, and the campaign against them, is being covered. Some of the topics we discussed include: How the fight against the Islamic State is covered in the mediaand political discourse Differences in how the Islamic State is covered and discussed in the US vs the UK The focus on military solutions at the expense of political and diplomatic ones How governments can improve the non-military aspects of the fight against the...

Duration: 00:43:21


Libya's Fragile Unity Agreement

1/11/2016
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Mary Fitzgerald comes back on the show to discuss the latest attempts to bring an end to the conflict in Libya. Some of the topics we covered include: Background on the unity agreement that was signed in December Challenges the new unity government is already facing The new UN envoy’s determination to make the unity agreement work Recent attacks on Libya’s oil infrastructure Islamic State’s presence in Libya and efforts to combat them Libya’s massive economic challenges Links Mary...

Duration: 00:40:53


Iran-Saudi Arabia Conflict and Its Regional Effects

1/5/2016
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Phillip Smyth comes on the show to discuss many issues surrounding the current Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions. We covered a variety of topics, particularly on the Iranian and Shia side of the conflict, such as: The regional reactions and effects of the current crisis Detailed background on Nimr al-Nimr Iran’s desire to represent all Shia The conflict’s effect on minority Shia populations in the region Links: Hizballah Cavalcade | JIHADOLOGY Phillip Smyth (@PhillipSmyth) on Twitter Phillip...

Duration: 00:35:44


UK's Role in Syria & Recent Diplomatic Efforts

12/23/2015
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Michael Stephens comes back on the show to discuss the United Kingdom’s efforts to fight the Islamic State in Syria, as well as the latest developments in the diplomatic process seeking to bring an end to the conflict. Some of the topics covered include: Background on UK foreign policy towards the conflict in Syria over the past few years The scars of the Iraq war and how they influence the perception of the conflict in Syria The unique military capabilities that the UK brings to the...

Duration: 00:46:49


Tunisian Jihadism

12/9/2015
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Bridget Moreng comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Tunisia. Some of the topics covered include: What factors lead to the growth of jihadism after Ben Ali The relationship between AST, AQ, and KUIN Tunisian government efforts to combat jihadist groups The day-to-day attacks that go unnoticed The importance of the tourism industry in Tunisia Potential for Tunisia to become an Islamic State - al Qaeda battleground Links: - Tunisian Jihadism after the Sousse Massacre | Combating Terrorism...

Duration: 00:23:19


Understanding the Mali Hotel Attack

11/24/2015
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Andrew Lebovich comes on the show to discuss the recent attack in Bamako, the groups involved, the security situation in Mali, and much more. Some of the topics we covered include: Background on al-Mourabitoun and Moktar Belmoktar Why the attacks in Bamako weren’t surprising The concept of “extraversion” and how it relates to the targeting of the Radisson in Bamako Local vs. global focus of the attack France’s 2013 intervention in Mali and it’s relevance to the current situation Potential...

Duration: 00:46:15


ISIS Oil Operations

11/9/2015
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Matthew Reed comes back on the show to discuss ISIS oil operations. Some of the topics we covered include: How analysts track ISIS oil operations How much oil ISIS is producing The process ofgetting oil from the ground to ISIS turning it into cash Coalition attacks on ISIS oil infrastructure Why the US-led coalition is hesitant to completely destroy ISIS’ oil operations What it would take to eliminate ISIS’ ability to profit from oil production Why ISIS doesn’t need to export oil to...

Duration: 00:32:49


India's Relations with Israel & Palestine

11/1/2015
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Nicolas Blarel comes on the show to discuss India’s relationship with Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some of the topics covered include: Background on India’s trade and military relationship with Israel India’s support for Palestine and Palestinian leaders Recent visits to Israel by Indian leaders Narendra Modi’s potential upcoming visit to Israel and the region The benefits to Israel from a Modi visit Controversies related to recent UN votes by India dealing with...

Duration: 00:49:19


Iran's Proxies in Syria

10/25/2015
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Phillip Smyth comes back on the show to discuss recent news and issues related to Iranian proxy groups fighting in Syria. Some of the topics covered include: Large increase in recruiting by Iranian proxy groups starting in August Iran’s determination to keep Assad in power Iran’s sectarian training of forces in Syria Why Iran’s interest in Syria extends far beyond just maintaining their connection to Hezbollah in Lebanon The recent increase of senior Iranian commanders being killed in...

Duration: 00:40:45


Belgian Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria

10/19/2015
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Pieter Van Ostaeyen comes back on the show to discuss Belgian foreign fighters traveling to Iraq and Syria. Some of the topics covered include: The number of Belgians who’ve gone to Iraq and Syria and how it compares to other European countries Background on Sharia4Belgium and their role in getting Belgians to go to Syria and Iraq Efforts by the Belgian government to stop the flow of people out of the country to join the conflict Prosecutions of individuals and groups related to these...

Duration: 00:31:52


Syrian Diaspora in the Gulf

9/29/2015
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Elizabeth Dickinson comes back on the show to discuss the Syrian diaspora in the Gulf. We also talked about the current refugee crisis, and accusations that Gulf states aren’t helping as much as they could. Topics covered include: The scale of the support Syrians in the Gulf provided to opposition groups in Syria Internal debate within the diaspora about whether or not to provide weapons How the diaspora’s resources are being exhausted The current focus on providing long-term assistance...

Duration: 00:37:32


Child Soldiers of the Islamic State

9/1/2015
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John Horgan comes back on the show to discuss his work studying the Islamic State’s use of child soldiers. Topics we covered include: How IS recruits children The training pipeline children go through Comparing the use of child soldiers in various conflicts Existing research on rehabilitating child soldiers John’s work studying child soldier rehabilitation & reintegration in Pakistan Links: John Horgan - his personal site with links to his work This Is How the Islamic State Manufactures...

Duration: 00:37:46


Libya Peace Talks Continue

8/16/2015
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Mary Fitzgerald comes back on the show to talk about the recent UN talks in Geneva and the ongoing effort to end the civil war in Libya. Topics we covered include: The problem of what to do with Gen. Khalifa Hiftar Potential for small, local agreements to build to a national agreement Why the Islamic State, and their growth in Libya, is not a focus of the ongoing talks Economic issues Libya is facing, now and in the near future Importance and relevance of local militias to the potential of...

Islamic State's Propaganda Strategy

7/19/2015
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Charlie Winter comes on the show to talk about Islamic State propaganda. The basis for our discussion is Charlie’s recent paper “The Virtual Caliphate: Understanding Islamic State’s Propaganda Strategy” (PDF). The topics we covered include: Islamic State propaganda that doesn’t focus on brutality How IS propaganda strategy has evolved The ability of Islamic State to control their message Efforts to counter Islamic State propaganda Links: Experts weigh in (part 4): Can the United States...

Yemen: Not on the Brink, in Free Fall

7/14/2015
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Adam Baron comes back on the show to discuss the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Topics we covered include: Background on the events that lead to the current situation The problems Yemen was facing prior to the past few months of fighting Recent failures to establish a humanitarian cease fire Realistic chances that a cease fire could happen soon AQAP taking advantage of the chaos and controlling territory Lack of urgency in the international community to solving the conflict...

Duration: 00:45:41


Tunisian Foreign Fighters

6/20/2015
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Aaron Zelin comes back on the show to discuss Tunisian foreign fighters going to Iraq and Syria, and how Tunisia is handling security issues. Topics we covered include: Radicalization of jihadists in prison How the democratic transition enabled free movement Tunisian government’s evolution in dealing with jihadis Instability on Tunisia’s borders Potential for regular jihadi attacks to become the new normal International support for civil society and security efforts Links: JIHADOLOGY - a...
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