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 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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The Future of Northeastern Syria

What is the future of northeastern Syria? After two days of talks in Erbil, Michael Stephens, a Research Fellow for ...

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Local Elections in Turkey: What Happened and What Comes Next

Turkish voters went to the polls on 31 March, casting votes for local elected leaders. The outcome in Istanbul and ...

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Turkey and the S-400: High Stakes Diplomacy

The United States and Turkey remain at odds over Ankara’s purchase of a Russian S-400 air and missile defense system. ...

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Iraq After the Territorial Defeat of the Islamic State

With all eyes on Baghuz and the final battle against Islamic State in Syria, the Middle East Brief podcast spoke ...

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