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.

 

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Reflection on Modern Warfare

The war in Nagorno-Karabakh is a human tragedy, but also provides observers the opportunity to monitor modern conflict and think closely ...

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The Rise of the Machines: AI and the Future of Air Combat

A few weeks ago, an AI algorithm beat a human pilot in a series of simulated dogfights, as part of ...

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Ground Deconfliction with the Russians in Syria

Events in Syria have brought American and Russian militaries into close contact. In recent weeks, a video emerged showing Russian ...

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Israel and the United Arab Emirates: The Art of a Deal

Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to begin negotiations to normalize relations, so long as Prime Minister Netanyahu suspends ...

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The U.S. Air Force and Turkey’s F-35

What is the latest with Turkey’s F-35? To get the latest, Aaron speaks this week with Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare ...

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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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