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Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.

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Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.

    E69: Iran Challenges Turkey’s Growing Influence in Iraq

    E69: Iran Challenges Turkey’s Growing Influence in Iraq

    Iran is directing a proxy military campaign to contain Turkey’s growing economic, political, and security influence in Iraq. Iranian leaders consider Turkey’s expanding reach to be a threat to Iranian national security, and Tehran is trying to contain Turkish activity without inciting overt state-on-state conflict. Nevertheless, divergent Iranian and Turkish threat perceptions could lead to miscalculations by either side. On this episode of Overwatch, Nicholas Carl, a senior analyst and the Iran team lead at the Critical Threats Project, and Ezgi Yazici, a Turkey researcher at ISW, discuss these mounting tensions and what they mean for US national security.

    • 21 min
    E68: ISW Analysts Discuss Iraq’s Security and Stability

    E68: ISW Analysts Discuss Iraq’s Security and Stability

    This episode of Overwatch is a recorded discussion between ISW analysts reflecting on a paper ISW published in June 2021 entitled Iraq 2021-2022: A Forecast. The discussion will cover what we got right and wrong in forecasting Iraq's political and security trajectories, the risk of civil war in Iraq, how foreign interference and regional competitions are continuing to destabilize the Iraqi state, and where Iraq, and the region, may be headed in the months ahead. Click here to read the report.

    • 34 min
    E67: Iranian Missile Strike Demonstrates Growing Threat to US Forces in Iraq

    E67: Iranian Missile Strike Demonstrates Growing Threat to US Forces in Iraq

    A recent Iranian missile attack into Iraqi Kurdistan indicates the growing threat Tehran poses to the United States and its partners in the Middle East. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fired 12 short-range ballistic missiles at Erbil, Iraq, on March 13, targeting an alleged Israeli intelligence site near the construction of the new US consulate. The attack demonstrates the Iranian leadership’s growing willingness to use increasingly aggressive and offensive capabilities to pursue external objectives and pressure regional adversaries. On this episode of Overwatch, Nicholas Carl, the Iran team lead at AEI’s Critical Threats Project, joins us to discuss Iran’s strategic calculus in this context.

    • 12 min
    New Moderate Political Bloc in Iran May Complicate Supreme Leader’s Succession

    New Moderate Political Bloc in Iran May Complicate Supreme Leader’s Succession

    A new political bloc is forming in Iran, comprised primarily of relative moderates and reformists seeking to reassert their political influence in the regime. This bloc includes prominent Iranian politicians, such as former President Hassan Rouhani and former Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, who have become increasingly marginalized in the political establishment in recent years. This bloc could complicate the intra-regime struggle to determine who will succeed the supreme leader when he leaves the scene. On this episode of Overwatch, ISW Research Director Matt McInnis sits down with Iran analysts Nicholas Carl and Kitaneh Fitzpatrick from the Critical Threats Project to discuss this emerging bloc and what it might mean for US-Iran relations.

    • 12 min
    E65: Russia's Options on Ukraine Remain Varied and Flexible

    E65: Russia's Options on Ukraine Remain Varied and Flexible

    Russia continues to increase its military forces poised on Ukraine's border. The situation is tense, deadly, and complicated. On this episode, ISW Russia Team Lead Mason Clark explains the current military picture and what he and his team believe will happen next.

    • 19 min
    Iran’s Proxies to Fight to Maintain Influence in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in 2022

    Iran’s Proxies to Fight to Maintain Influence in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in 2022

    Iran-backed proxy militant networks played massive roles in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in 2021. On this episode of Overwatch, ISW Research Director Matt McInnis sits down with ISW Researchers Kat Lawlor and Zach Coles to discuss what Iran’s so-called “Axis of Resistance” may do in 2022. Kat and Zach will also offer insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the Iraqi and Lebanese governments.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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57 Ratings

dennis.karpf ,

Dennis Karpf

The best summary of the Syrian War to date and understanding how Iran poses greatest, short term serious threat to regional and world stability and human rights worse even than the greater long term geopolitical threat of China. Only criticism is that the interviewer’s voice is too soft.

Tymahz Toumadje ,

Extremely informative and insightful

Always an entertaining and informative listen for my morning commute. Would recommend whether you are in a related industry or not!

casagen ,

Great Foreign Policy Podcast

Very informative. Jennifer Cafarella and her team of analysts give you an in depth look at what’s happening in key conflict areas in short, very digestible segments!

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