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.

 

Tracking Foreign Influence in the 2020 Election

In this episode, Aaron speaks with Clint Watts, a distinguished research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, about Russian ...

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The Russian-Turkish Relationship: In Crisis or Muddling Along?

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 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

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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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