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A bi-weekly round-up of policy relevant news about the Middle East, with a brief interview about why it matters for US foreign policy.

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A bi-weekly round-up of policy relevant news about the Middle East, with a brief interview about why it matters for US foreign policy.

    The U.S. Air Force and Turkey's F-35

    The U.S. Air Force and Turkey's F-35

    What is the latest with Turkey's F-35? To get the latest, Aaron speaks this week with Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter at Defense News, about the latest with Turkey and the F-35.

    • 27 min
    Mysterious Explosions in Iran

    Mysterious Explosions in Iran

    In this cross-over podcast with Arms Control Wonk, Aaron speaks with Fabian Hinz, a frequent guest on the podcast, about the recent explosions in Iran and what open source intelligence has revealed about the two incidents.

    https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/

    • 24 min
    More Trouble in Libya: Egypt Raises the Stakes

    More Trouble in Libya: Egypt Raises the Stakes

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has threatened to send armed forces across the border with Libya, following Turkey's successful ousting of Khalifa Haftar from territory his militia held in the western part of the country. The flashpoint is Sirte, where Turkish-backed forces are deployed and possibly preparing to assault, and which Sisi has pledged to defend. To discuss the Egyptian view of the conflict in Libya, Aaron speaks with Michael Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in New York.

    • 26 min
    The Caesar Civilian Protection Act: The Debate over Sanctioning Syria

    The Caesar Civilian Protection Act: The Debate over Sanctioning Syria

    The United States Treasury will soon announce the first round of sanctions associated with the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which is intended to punish the regime for its killing of civilians and aims to help broker dialogue to end the conflict. To discuss the sanctions, and whether they may do more harm than good, Aaron spoke with Basma Alloush, a policy and advocacy advisor at the Norweigan Refugee Council, and Alex Simon, the director of the Syria Program with Synaps. This podcast expands upon Basma and Alex's recent article on the same subject for War on the Rocks.

    Read the article here: https://warontherocks.com/2020/06/will-more-syria-sanctions-hurt-the-very-civilians-they-aim-to-protect/

    • 31 min
    The Islamic State in Their Own Words

    The Islamic State in Their Own Words

    In this week's episode, Aaron speaks with two of the three authors of The ISIS Reader: Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement, Haroro J. Ingram and Craig Whiteside. The discussion touched on the period after the killing of Zarqawi, but before the group's take over of Mosul. For interested listeners, Haroro and Craig spoke in more depth about other aspects of the book on the Modern War Institute Podcast and on FDD's Long War Journal Podcast.


    Modern War Institute Podcast : https://mwi.usma.edu/mwi-podcast-islamic-state-happened/
    FDD's Long War Journal Podcast: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/05/generation-jihad-ep-8-the-islamic-states-foundational-texts.php

    Note: The audio quality of parts of this episode was adversely affected by connectivity issues experienced during the recording session. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    • 40 min
    A Financial Crisis in Lebanon

    A Financial Crisis in Lebanon

    Lebanon finds itself in a financial crisis, brought about by years of economic mismanagement and political dysfunction. The economic fall-out from a relatively good response to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these negative trends, raising questions about the trajectory and strength of on-going protests about social and economic inequality. To discuss the latest events in Lebanon, Aaron speaks this week with Joyce Karam, the Washington correspondent for the National.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Good material told well

Aaron Stein is a quality host who explains subjects clearly in a way that doesn’t require a huge background of knowledge for your average layperson.

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Not the best host

Great material, poor host quality. He would do better to phrase his questions more clearly, stop mumbling, and get to the point in an efficient and timely manner.

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