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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraqi and Afghan Asylum Seekers Are Struggling in the U.S.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some Iraqi and Afghan citizens that provided critical assistance to the United States by working as interpreters and fixers have come to the United States on special visas, but their struggles haven't ended in this country.

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The Takeaway

The Case for Inaction in Iraq and Syria

Friday, July 11, 2014

Has the U.S.'s failure to intervene in Syria ultimately allowed ISIS to grow in power and spread to Iraq? Owen Bennet-Jones, host of Newshour on the BBC World Service, argues that inaction might be the wisest response.

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The Takeaway

Was Iraq's Democracy Doomed From the Start?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Noah Feldman, who helped draft Iraq's constitution a decade ago, says the current chaos can be traced to America's failure to provide security before attempting nation building.

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FT Big Read

Iraq divided: Borzou Daragahi on the chances of partition

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Iraq divided: Borzou Daragahi on the chances of partition

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Advising Iraq

Monday, July 07, 2014

Last month President Obama authorized the deployment of 500 special forces soldiers to train and advise Iraqi security forces in response to ISIS's sweeping advances. Major Jim Gant a former special forces commander, and his wife and war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson, join us to talk about what the advisers will be doing, Gant's unconventional tactics as an adviser, and how they got kicked out of Afghanistan. Ann Scott Tyson is the author of  American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant (William Morrow, 2014).

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Caliphate, Then and Now

Thursday, July 03, 2014

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, claims to have set up a caliphate and wants to be referred to as "the Islamic State". Fawaz Gerges, chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies and professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of  The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World  (Cambridge University Press, 2013) talks about the history of the caliphate - both imagined and real - and why ISIS is trying to establish one (and if they've succeeded).

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

What would an Erdogan presidency mean for Turkey?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

What would an Erdogan presidency mean for Turkey?

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The Takeaway

ISIS Makes Its Move

Monday, June 30, 2014

In an announcement on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, the extremist Sunni militant group has declared itself a sovereign state in Iraq and Syria. Is this a turning point in the crisis, or just a stunt?

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The Takeaway

How a Turkish Leader is Starting an Opposition Movement in PA

Friday, June 27, 2014

huge political constituency in Turkey aims to challenge the Turkish Prime Minister, using Islamist style governance.  Their champion? An exiled Turkish leader, living in Rural Pennsylvania, who is responsible for a growing network of schools and political institutions. 

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The Takeaway

The High Price of Turkey's Silence With ISIS

Friday, June 27, 2014

For years, Turkey permitted rebel groups to cross the border into Syria in the hopes that they would topple the Assad regime. But Assad held firm and Syria has since become a hotbed of ISIS activity and terrorism that has ultimately spilled over into Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What ISIS in Iraq Means for the Middle East

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The rise of ISIS in Iraq also affects the rest of the region, including Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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The Takeaway

Iraqi Prime Minister Rebukes U.S. Calls For Change

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has dismissed the idea of forming a new, more inclusive government. Maliki's stance is a direct rebuke to Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been pushing for a national salvation government to help counter the offensive by ISIS.

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The Takeaway

Love Across the Sunni-Shiite Divide

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

She is Sunni, he is from a Shiite family, and they are happily married. How the inflammatory divide affects one couple's relationship - and how it has no affect at all.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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The Takeaway

The World's Richest Jihadi Group

Monday, June 23, 2014

Business is booming as the Sunni militants of ISIS loot banks, traffic weapons, and most recently, capture an oil refinery. How did the group get such deep pockets? And will they keep getting deeper? 

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The Takeaway

Connecting the Dots: Iraq, Syria and ISIS

Monday, June 23, 2014

The U.S. is watching from afar as threats continue to destabilize much of the Middle East. As the border between Iraq and Syria becomes evermore porous, and armed militants take control of northwest Iraq, The Takeaway examines the Syrian conflict's influence in Iraq, Iran and Israel.

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The Takeaway

What Can 300 Military Advisers Achieve in Iraq?

Friday, June 20, 2014

President Obama plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. But at least one policy analyst says the U.S. doesn't have the morale or the money to stage a third intervention, and she's skeptical that the president's plans can produce results.

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The Takeaway

Iraq War Vets Reflect as the Nation Unravels

Friday, June 20, 2014

Diplomats, policy experts, and advisors have all weighed in on the unraveling of Iraq, but if there's anyone who has most acutely felt the anguish of the collapse of democracy in Iraq this week, it's the men and women who were on the front lines of the Iraq War.

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The Takeaway

Iraqi Ambassador: Iraq Conflict Could Go Global

Friday, June 20, 2014

As the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily is a man in a very difficult position right now. Here, Ambassador Faily answers some tough questions about whether his government can survive.

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On The Media

ISIS on the TV Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

As ISIS storms through Iraq, its allies and enemies wage an information war on television. Elliott Colla, professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown and author of the crime novel, Baghdad Central, has been watching the events unfold onscreen alongside his wife's Iraqi family, who recently resettled from Baghdad to Amman. Colla reads part of his essay, “Watching ISIS on TV,” published in the online magazine Jadaliyya, and talks with Brooke about the origins of Iraq's frenzied media landscape.

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