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 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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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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