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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 one year on from the Beirut blast

    Lebanon one year on from the Beirut blast

    On August 4, 2020, a cache of improperly stored ammonium nitrate caused a devastating blast in the port of Beirut. Chris Abi-Nassif, Mona Fawaz, and Aya Majzoub join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the investigation into the blast, the reconstruction process, and the political, economic, and social impact in Lebanon.

    • 43 min
    What’s next for Afghanistan?

    What’s next for Afghanistan?

    Marvin Weinbaum, Husain Haqqani, and Mick Mulroy join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the future of Afghanistan following the imminent US military withdrawal.

    • 31 min
    GERD and Egypt's African Outreach

    GERD and Egypt's African Outreach

    Guled Ahmed, Mirette Mabrouk, and Mohammed Soliman join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the latest developments for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Egypt's African diplomatic outreach, and the creative solutions required to meet the region's growing energy needs.

    • 33 min
    Humanitarian aid for Northern Syria

    Humanitarian aid for Northern Syria

    Charles Lister, Mona Yacoubian, and James Jeffrey join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the upcoming UN Security Council vote on the renewal of cross-border assistance for Syria, Russia's threats of severing access, and how they might impact stability across the region.

    • 26 min
    Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges

    Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges

    Madiha Afzal, Syed Mohammad Ali, and Marvin Weinbaum join host Alistair Taylor to discuss a range of issues facing Pakistan, from the implications of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, to its bilateral relations with India, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United States under the Biden administration.

    • 36 min
    Iran's Upcoming Elections

    Iran's Upcoming Elections

    Alex Vatanka joins host Alistair Taylor to discuss Iran's upcoming presidential election on June 18. The election comes at a pivotal time for the country, as it faces a serious economic crisis and growing popular dissatisfaction at home, as well as a changing regional environment and ongoing talks over the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Balakay84 ,

Great Expertise

Always have great scholars on from the US and the region; particularly adept at covering current conflicts in MENA

Jstar333333 ,

Israel/UAE/Bahrain

It’s interesting that, as so-called experts, I guess they’ve never looked at a map of the Middle East, because they don’t seem to think these three countries exist! Which 3 countries? The Peace and Normalization treaties between Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. You could even link these deals to Iranian colonization of Arab lands and Iranian proxy wars

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