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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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The Takeaway

Tensions Run High in Israel and Palestine

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Israeli authorities discovered the bodies of three teenagers earlier this week, after an 18 day search. As the country mourned, Israeli police discovered the body of a Palestinian teenager in a forest outside Jerusalem. Palestinian leaders have accused the Jewish settlers of retaliation, abduction and murder.

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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

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

Egyptian Democracy Put to the Test

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Both the coup that overthrew Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and this month's election that put military leader al-Sisi in power reflect a democracy that doesn't quite line up with western expectations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Second Arab Awakening

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marwan Muasher, former Jordanian ambassador to Israel and the United States, current vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and now author of The Second Arab Awakening: And the Battle for Pluralism (Yale University Press, 2014), takes the long view of Middle Eastern politics, and discusses news of the day from peace talks in the region.

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Micropolis

The Case for Arranged Marriage

Monday, April 07, 2014

Could it be that your family knows better than you when it comes to your love life?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Admiral Ayalon on the Two-State Solution

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ami Ayalon, former commander of the Israeli Navy and former director of the security service Shin Bet, explains why he supports a two-state solution and what role American Jews have in the resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The Takeaway

Syria's Peace Talks: A Complicated Patchwork

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Central to the Syrian peace talks is the question of how the international community should deal with President Bashar al-Assad, particularly as the evidence of war crimes continues to mount. Bente Scheller, author of "The Wisdom of Syria's Waiting Game: Foreign Policy Under the Assads," puts these talks into historical context. Marine Olivesi, a freelance reporter for PRI's The World, explores why the Free Syrian Army is no longer fighting with just Bashar al-Assad.

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Former Lebanese Finance Minister Killed in Beirut Car Bombing

Friday, December 27, 2013

A car bomb in Beirut has killed the former Lebanese finance minister and Ambassador to the United States, Mohamad Chatah. Chatah was a leading opposition figure: a Sunni Muslim and an adviser to ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He was also a staunch critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah movement that backs Assad. Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of “In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle With Syria," joins The Takeaway to discuss the significance of Chatah's death.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Do We Do About Syria?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Liz Sly, Washington Post Beirut bureau chief (covering the conflict in Syria), and Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, discuss the latest news from Syria, where rebel forces are fracturing and the US is cutting off aid.

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The Takeaway

Bombs Leave Dozens Dead at Embassy in Beirut

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dozens are reported dead in a double bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Right now it is thought that Iran is being targeted for its support of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Reports suggest one of the blasts was caused by a suicide bomber and the other by a car bomb. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Anne Barnard, Beirut Bureau Chief for our partner The New York Times.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ari Shavit's Promised Land

Monday, November 18, 2013

Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit looks at Israel's past and present dilemmas in My Promised Land.

 

 

 

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The Takeaway

Rift Grows Between Saudi Arabia and U.S.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The easing of tensions with Iran, and a perceived lack of leadership on Syria, has some of America’s most important allies feeling alienated—namely Saudi Arabia. Caryle Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings," explains what's at stake in the growing diplomatic rift between these two old allies.

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U.S. Aid to Egypt: A Tricky Triangle with Israel

Friday, October 11, 2013

This week, the Obama Administration announced that the U.S. would freeze some of its aid to Egypt, withholding several pieces of weaponry and $260 million in aid. The country has depended on American aid for 35 years, ever since Egypt signed the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel and the U.S. in September 1978. Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel Daniel Kurtzer examines how U.S. suspension of aid to Egypt will affect the country's relationship with Israel and the U.S. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Israel: No Handshake

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Danny Danon, Israeli deputy defense minister (Likud) and the author of Israel: The Will to Prevail (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) talks about Israeli politics and developments in the Middle East, including the conflict in Syria and Iranian President Rouhani's offers of negotiation over nuclear weapons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Middle East

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Paul Danahar, the BBC's Middle East bureau chief (2010-2013) and the author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring, discusses his book and the current politics in the region.

→EVENT: Paul Danahar will be reading tonight at the NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, at 6 PM. 

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After 35 Year Diplomatic Hiatus, U.S. & Iran Begin Talks | U.N. Panel: Humans to Blame for Climate Change | Bike Haiku Challenge Winners Announced

Friday, September 27, 2013

U.N. Panel: Humans to Blame for Climate Change | United Nations Reaches Landmark Deal on Syria | After 35 Year Diplomatic Hiatus, U.S. & Iran Begin Talks | Movie Date Reviews of The Week | Navigators Prepare for Opening of Healthcare Exchanges | Bike Haiku Challenge Winners Announced

The Takeaway

What Happened to Obama's "Pivot" to Asia?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Back in President Barack Obama’s first term, administration officials touted the president’s new foreign policy outlook as a "pivot" from the Middle East to Asia. But President Obama’s speech at the United Nations indicates his foreign policy goals seem to be focused on the Middle East. Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Case for US Intervention in Syria

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Michael Weiss, columnist for NOW Lebanon and editor-in-chief of The Interpreter magazine, and Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of the book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria, discuss why the US should make an effort to bring down the Assad regime in Syria.

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