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.
As the Arab Spring got underway, Turkey and Qatar came together on what seemed to be the right side of history. Now, all their regional bets have all but collapsed, after both adopted a policy of unabashed support for the Muslim Brotherhood. This support, however, has impacted Turkish and Qatari interests in the Middle East more generally, and in Syria specifically. Where did it all go wrong? And how did this policy help undermine both countries’ efforts to topple Bashar al Assad?
There have been a number of alleged incidents claiming to involve “Mustard Gas” (i.e. Sulfur Mustard or one of its variants) in the last year. Some are more credible than others, but it seems that allegations of Mustard usage are becoming more commonplace. Some examples of claimed use include the following: Venezuela: In February 2014,…