30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The status of relations between the U.S. and countries in the Middle East. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses his reporting on Middle East, how regional tensions are playing out, and American foreign policy towards the region. He also fact-checks one of the claims President Obama made in his convention speech last night.
David Crist, senior historian for the Department of Defense and author of The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran, discusses the United States' relationship with Iran and the latest developments in the Middle East.
After bombings killed at least three high-ranking government officials yesterday, Reuters is reporting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has fled Damascus. Fighting continues, and the UN is meeting to decide on further actions (UPDATE: Syria and China have vetoed the latest resolution), including sanctions and possible military intervention. Leila Hilal, the director of the New America Foundation Middle East Task Force, discusses the latest developments.
Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?, talks about the Egyptian presidential election and looks at Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East.
President Barack Obama's relationship with Israel is garnering a warm assessment from an unlikely source: William Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard who just two years ago started a group called the Emergency Committee for Israel.
Marc Lynch, a.k.a. @AbuAardvark, professor and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, editor of the Middle East channel at Foreign Policy, and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, talks about his new book, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.
In the wake of the shooting, Stephen Tankel, non-resident scholar in the South Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor at American University, discusses the US presence in Afghanistan, how our troops are transitioning their mission, and the affect on Afghan communities.