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Weekly discussion of Middle East policy, arts, and culture, featuring experts from the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Weekly discussion of Middle East policy, arts, and culture, featuring experts from the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Lebanon's New "Shadow Government"

    Lebanon's New "Shadow Government"

    Against the backdrop of a massive economic and financial crisis and a now three-month-old nationwide protest movement, Lebanon swore in a new government on Tuesday — a technocratic cabinet that is widely seen as a "shadow government" for Hezbollah and other entrenched political leaders. MEI's Paul Salem, Randa Slim, and Bilal Saab join host Alistair Taylor to discuss what lies ahead.

    • 29 min
    Trends to Watch in the Middle East in 2020

    Trends to Watch in the Middle East in 2020

    MEI experts Robert S. Ford, Fatima Abo Alasrar, and Emad Badi join host Alistair Taylor to survey what lies ahead for the Middle East in 2020, with particular attention to Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Algeria.

    • 36 min
    US-Iran Tensions After Killing of Qassem Soleimani

    US-Iran Tensions After Killing of Qassem Soleimani

    MEI experts Randa Slim and Alex Vatanka join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the sharp escalation in US-Iran tensions following the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

    • 21 min
    Reviewing the Middle East in 2019

    Reviewing the Middle East in 2019

    In our annual year in review episode, MEI experts Paul Salem, Gonul Tol, Charles Lister, Alex Vatanka, Marvin Weinbaum, and Mirette Mabrouk sit with host Alistair Taylor to discuss the key events across the region in 2019, what surprised them, and where things stand as we head into 2020.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Iran's Internet Shutdown

    Iran's Internet Shutdown

    Researcher Mahsa Alimardani and MEI Cyber program director Mike Sexton join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the recent Iranian internet shutdown, its impact on protests and the nation’s economy, and what it means for the future of civil liberties in Iran and the wider region.

    • 21 min
    Protests and Politics in Iraq and Iran

    Protests and Politics in Iraq and Iran

    Political analyst Hafsa Halawa and MEI Senior Fellow Alex Vatanka join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the political crisis in Iraq following the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the protest movements that have rocked both Iraq and Iran, and the impact of Iranian impact in Baghdad on Iraq’s development going forward.

    • 29 min

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