Middle East Brief

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.

 

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 ...

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Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis: A Deep Dive with Inna Rudolf

This week, Aaron held a virtual discussion with Inna Rudolf, the author of “The Future of the Popular Mobilization Forces ...

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The Sadrists: A Deep Dive with Ben and Renad

    This week, Aaron held a virtual discussion with Ben Robin-D’Cruz and Renad Mansour, the authors of “Making Sense of ...

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The COVID-19 Crisis and the Implications for Iran

On this week’s Middle East Brief, Aaron speaks with Dr. Afshon Ostovar, an associate professor at Naval PostGraduate School and a ...

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Low Density and in Demand: The Patriot Missile

The Patriot missile system is back in the news, with the Turkish request for two Patriot batteries and the introduction ...

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Russian Interests in Syria

In this crossover podcast with FPRI’s Eurasia program, Aaron spoke this week with Bob Hamilton, a Professor of Eurasian Studies ...

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Tracking Foreign Influence in the 2020 Election

In this episode, Aaron speaks with Clint Watts, a distinguished research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, about Russian ...

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The Russian-Turkish Relationship: In Crisis or Muddling Along?

Please note: The audio quality of this episode was adversely affected by connectivity issues experienced during the recording session. We ...

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The Libyan Conflict after Moscow and Berlin

The conflict in Libya has prompted more aggressive external intervention, beginning with the Russian decision to send mercenaries to give ...

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Iraq after Soleimani

  After tensions with Iran escalated, American military operations in Iraq have been curtailed over concerns about possible attacks on ...

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