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 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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The Protests in Iraq

 After a period of calm following the territorial defeat of the Islamic State, Iraq has faced unprecedented protests, aimed at ...

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The NATO Summit: The U.S. Perspective

During the run-up to NATO’s 70th anniversary summit, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that Turkey would block consensus on the ...

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The NATO Summit: The EU Perspective

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 Trouble with Turkey

The Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria has upended the U.S. counter-ISIS mission and forced a hasty American withdrawal. To discuss ...

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The Cost of Credibility: The American Military Response to Iran

In response to Iranian provocations, the United States has sent forces back to the Middle East. To discuss the American ...

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Tensions in the Gulf: The Attack on Saudi Arabia

 Iran has been accused of firing cruise missiles and drones at oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a close American ...

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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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