In today’s podcast, Aaron first speaks with Noah Blaser about the political impact of the Cizre clashes in Turkey. Later, Aaron is joined by Cale Salih for an in-depth discussion about the politics of the Kurdish movement more broadly and how Kobane and the wars in Iraq and Syria have affected the Kurdish movement.
In part 2 of the joint Turkey Wonk & Middle East Week podcast series on Turkey’s Middle East foreign policy we cover Turkey’s foreign policy towards Syria and Iraq, from when the AKP came to power in 2002 to the current crisis.
Michael Knights comes back on the show to discuss issues related to Kurdish independence. We talked about the history of Kurdish autonomy over the past few decades, the Kurdish economy, how the international community has approached the issue of Kurdish independence, and much more.
Adam Baron comes on the show to discuss the ongoing political chaos in Yemen. Topics covered include the Houthi’s power and influence, Saleh’s continued grip on power, the importance of local politics in Yemen, the trouble with viewing events in Yemen through a sectarian lens, and much more…
Jeffrey Lewis talks with Melissa Hanham and Catherine Dill, research associates at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, about their latest work modeling North Korean missiles and eyeballing Chinese military bases.
How can open source information help verify arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation agreements? Jeffrey Lewis and Aaron Stein talk with the NTI’s Corey Hinderstein. In the 1990s, Corey was one of the first nonproliferation experts to use commercial satellite images and other open source tools to peek into foreign nuclear programs. Here is Corey way back in 1999.
Yasmine Ryan comes back on the show to talk about the recent elections in Tunisia. We talked about the major political parties in Tunisia (going beyond Islamist vs. secular), the level of participation and interest in the political process, economic challenges facing Tunisia, the upcoming presidential election, and more.