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.

 

An Election Redo in Israel

Israelis head to the polls, again, on September 17th to decide the fate of current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his ...

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The Crisis in Idlib

  The Assad regime launched a major offensive to recapture Khan Sheykun, a formerly opposition held town, and is now ...

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Patrolling the Gulf: The British Maritime Mission to Deter Iran

After Iran seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf, the United Kingdom surged naval forces to escort tankers, and ...

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The Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty at 25

Last Thursday (July 25, 2019) was the 25th anniversary of the Washington Declaration, which ended the state of war between ...

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The UAE Drawdown in Yemen

Amidst reports of a UAE drawdown from Yemen, Aaron speaks with Elizabeth Dickinson, the senior analyst for the Arabian Peninsula ...

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Hunting Zarqawi: Defeating Terrorist Groups and the Future of ISIS

On this week’s Middle East Brief, Aaron speaks with Nada Bakos, about her book, The Targeter, and what lessons can ...

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Russia’s Military Coup in Turkey

Turkey’s acquisition of a Russian made S-400 air defense system appears inevitable. To discuss the Russian side of this story, ...

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Iran’s Non-State Clients and Regional Strategy

On this week’s Middle East Brief, Aaron speaks with Ariane Tabatabai, an associate political scientist at RAND, to discuss Iran’s ...

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Sabotage in Fujairah: Iran and Escalation Dynamics in The Persian Gulf

Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated in the Persian Gulf. On this week’s Middle East Brief, Afshon ...

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Haftar’s March on Tripoli

What is happening in Libya? Who are the key actors, which countries back which militias, and how has the Trump ...

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