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.

 

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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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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