The New Lines Podcast is the place for in-depth conversations, interviews and discussions from the Middle East and beyond.
Each episode will expand on our journalism at newlinesmag.com, taking you behind the stories, beyond the headlines and up close and personal with our authors and contributors.
The Allure of the Afghan Jihad - with Tam Hussein and Lydia Wilson
Award-winning investigative journalist Tam Hussein’s latest article for New Lines explores the mythologization of Afghanistan by Islamists in Europe and America. In this episode, he talks to New Lines’ Lydia Wilson about how his experiences growing up in London informed his essay, how pro-jihadist propaganda spread before the internet, and why the far-right admire the Taliban.
When Art and Archaeology Turn Political - with Olivia Snaije, Lydia Wilson and Faisal Al Yafai
Art and archaeology have always been used to tell stories about the present. In this new podcast, author and journalist Olivia Snaije and contributing editor Lydia Wilson talk to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about how the Middle East’s ancient heritage continues to shape modern politics. They discuss why Lebanon’s heritage took on new importance after the Beirut port blast last year, why Iraq’s Saddam Hussein styled himself after a Babylonian king — and how the story of a nation depends on who’s telling it.
The Wars Over the Horizon - with Kelsey D. Atherton and Faisal Al Yafai
Days after a drone was used in an assassination attempt on Iraq’s prime minister, military tech journalist Kelsey D. Atherton spoke to New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai about their use in the wars of the past, present and future. They discuss how drones changed modern warfare, how emerging technologies will affect future conflicts — and why we worry about the wrong thing when we talk about killer robots.
Sudan at a Crossroads - with Isma’il Kushkush, Dallia Abdelmoniem and Faisal Al Yafai
In this special episode on the Oct. 25 military takeover in Sudan, Sudanese American journalist Isma’il Kushkush and Khartoum-based activist Dallia Abdelmoniem talk New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai through the chaotic events of the past two weeks — and the two years leading up to them. They explain why the coup has deep roots in Sudan’s troubled political past, what it feels like to be back out on the streets — and why the generals may have overplayed their hand.
Talking to Terrorists - with Jonathan Powell and Faisal Al Yafai
Jonathan Powell is CEO of the conflict resolution charity Inter Mediate and has made a career talking to some of the world’s most dangerous people. He was U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s chief of staff, chief negotiator in the Northern Ireland peace process, and the author of “Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts.”
In a frank, thoughtful and occasionally tense conversation with New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai, they discuss why he advocated talking to the Taliban 10 years ago; the missed opportunities of the war on terror; what it was like negotiating with the IRA; how history will remember Tony Blair — and whether he has sleepless nights over the invasion of Iraq.
How to Survive the Disinformation Wars - with Nina Jankowicz, Natalia Antonova and Faisal Al Yafai
Nina Jankowicz is a fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and the author of “How to Lose the Information War.” Natalia Antonova is a journalist, an expert in online security and the former editor of the investigations website Bellingcat.
In this extensive podcast with New Lines Magazines’ Faisal Al Yafai, they discuss how Russia has weaponized disinformation, from the Middle East to America; how open-source intelligence has become a vital tool for journalists; the perils of being a woman online in the 21st century; why social media companies like Facebook are part of the problem; and why fighting disinformation is a lot like “Games of Thrones.”