FPRI’s Chain Reaction is a bi-weekly series examining America’s role in the world. Throughout the year we’ll be talking to experts about developments in Eurasia, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the context of U.S. foreign policy and national security interests. To be the first to know about new episodes, please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter @FPRI. 

Please note: Chain Reaction was known as the Middle East Brief prior to 2021. 

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Aaron Stein

Aaron Stein is the Director of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). He is also the Director of the Middle East Program and Acting Director of the National Security Program.

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The Air War Against the Islamic State

The air war against the Islamic State was critical to the territorial defeat of the group’s territorial caliphate and a ...

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The Middle East and America’s Global Posture

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has launched a global posture review, shortly after taking office. To discuss the process and ...

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The Tip of the Spear: Special Operations Forces And Great Power Competition

Great power competition is likely to outlast the Trump presidency. To discuss the Biden Administration’s national security priorities and the ...

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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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