PODCAST: UN Demands Release of Golan Peacekeepers

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  The U.N. wants peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels freed unconditionally  (1) Also in today’s show: Iraqi officials worry about Syria’s war spilling over(2) Hundreds of thousands of Syrian children are missing school (3) Egypt braces for more unrest over a football riot case (4) Should the United States broaden its dialogue with Egypt? (5) (Interview with More »

PODCAST: Syria Reaches ‘Tragic Milestone’

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  The U.N. says one million Syrians are now refugees (1) Also in today’s show: The U.S.  secretary of state urges a negotiated end to the Syria conflict (2) Does the U.S. have a “business as usual” attitude toward Egypt? (3) (Interview with Michelle Dunne, Atlantic Council) An Israeli decision to bus Palestinians causes More »

PODCAST: Syrian Rebels Claim Another Win

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Activists say Syrian rebels have captured the provincial governor of Raqqa (1) (Interview with Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma) Also in today’s show: The UAE tries 94 people for an alleged coup plot (2) Efforts to block the proliferation of extremist Islamism (3) (Interview with U.S. Undersecretary of State Tara Sonenshine) V.P. Biden says the More »

POINTS OF VIEW: Challenges, Opportunities in US-Egypt Relations

As Egypt is facing a looming economic crisis, a widespread breakdown in law and order and a severe political polarization between Islamists and non-Islamists, President Barack Obama last week telephoned President Mohamed Morsi to discuss the country’s on-going political transition and its role in regional security.  We spoke about Egypt’s challenges and resulting complexities More »

PODCAST: US Top Diplomat Meets with Gulf Arab Leaders

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Iran’s nuclear program tops Kerry’s Gulf meetings (1) Also in today’s show: Analysts debate the next round of nuclear talks with Iran (2) (Discussion with Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council; David Rennie, The Economist; and Tim Mak, Politico) Syria’s Assad lashes out at the West, Britian responds (3) An investigation into Syria’s use of cluster bombs (4) Looking at More »

PODCAST: Russia Denounces ‘Friends of Syria’ Initiatives

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Russia says the Friends of Syria meeting this week ‘encouraged extremists’ (1) (Discussion with Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council; David Rennie, The Economist; and Tim Mak, Politico) Also in today’s show: Jordan struggles to help Syrian refugees (2) Using Turkey as a template for Arab Spring countries (3) (Interview with Samer Shehata, Georgetown University) Turkish businesses look More »

PODCAST: US Pledges Aid to Syria Opposition

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee The U.S. plans to provide $60 millions to Assad opponents  (1) Also in today’s show: The humanitarian crisis in Syria stretches the U.N. to capacity (2) Group educates Syrian refugees about landmines in northern Iraq (3) (Interview with Jennifer Lachman, Mines Advisory Group) Turkey provides schooling for Syrian refugee children (4) Reaction to agreement for More »

PODCAST: Iran Nuclear Talks Yield Flicker of Hope

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee At meeting in Kazakhstan, world powers and Iran agree to future talks (1) Also in today’s show: Three Americans return to Iraq to give thanks (2) (Interview with Greg Barrett, author of The Gospel of Rutba) Protecting Syrian refugees from landmines in northern Iraq (3) (Interview with Jennifer Lachman, MAG America) The U.N. condemns More »

PODCAST: US Says ‘No’ to Syria Talks

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee The U.S. secretary of state rejects the latest Syrian government call for talks (1) Also in today’s show: The U.N. shines a spotlight on the human rights situation in Syria. (2) Talks on Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program are underway (3) Three American return Iraq to give thanks (4) (Interview with Greg Barrett, author More »

PODCAST: Syria Opens Door to Talks

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Syria’s FM says his country is open to dialogue with those who want peace (1) Also in today’s show: Winter temperatures and higher than normal snowfall plague Syrian refugees (2) (Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Hoff, World Health Organization in Damascus) Federalist support grows in eastern Libya (3) The international community wants ‘concrete action’ More »

PODCAST: Kerry Readies for First Trip Abroad as US Top Diplomat

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Paul Westpheling The new U.S. secretary of state is to visit the Middle East, but not Israel Also in today’s show: Arab League countries discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria President Morsi calls for new parliamentary elections in Egypt A rare agreement in U.S.-Iranian More »

PODCAST: Renewed Fighting Breaks Out in Mali

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Heavy combat is reported after fresh attacks in Gao, Mali Also in today’s show: Conditions for Mali civilians remain harsh The WFP plans to boost emergency operations in Syria Palestinians rally in support of  prisoners on hunger strike Women fight to have equal status in a future Tunisia Data shows huge groundwater diversions in More »

مستقبل العلاقات المصرية الأمريكية بين الفرص والتحديات

حوار مع الدكتور عبد الموجود درديري المتحدث باسم لجنة العلاقات الخارجية بحزب الحرية والعدالة تحديات وفرص تواجه العلاقات المصرية الأمريكية كيف يجب أن تكون العلاقات المصرية الأمريكية بعد الثورة المصرية هل ستحترم مصر اتفاقية كامب ديفيد مع إسرائيل ما هي الفرص السانحة لتحسين العلاقات المصرية الأمريكية هل سيستمر التعاون الاستراتيجي بين القاهرة More »

PODCAST: Russia Again Calls for Dialogue in Syria

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Russian FM Lavrov says only dialogue can end the crisis in Syria Also in today’s show: Health problems threaten displaced Syrians The U.N. and aid agencies pledge more help for Syria Is extremism on the rise in Tunisia? Libyan lawmakers debate exclusion law for Gadhafi associates The Libyan ambassador to the U.S. predicts a More »

PODCAST: NATO Defenses Keep Watchful Eye on Syria

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee NATO sets up  more missile batteries on Turkey’s border with Syria Also in today’s show: Egyptians fight new limits on free speech Thoughts on a new constitution for Libya (Interview with Libyan Ambassador to the U.S. Ali Aujali) Israel again calls for action against Iran Pakistan reaches out to Iran on energy and security (audio More »

حوار صريح مع السفير الليبي في واشنطن على أوجالي

حوار صريح مع السفير الليبي في واشنطن على أوجالي حول أهم التحديات التي تواجه ليبيا بعد عامين من الثورة كيف تتم عملية بناء جيش وطني وقوات أمن قادرة على فرض سيادة الدولة الليبية وحماية الأمن القومي؟ ما الذي يمكن أن تقدمه الولايات المتحدة لمساعدة ليبيا خاصة بعد صدمة اغتيال السفير الأمريكي ؟ كيف تعاملت ليبيا مع ملف العدالة More »

PODCAST: Syrian Rebel Town Turns Ghost Town

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Repeated government aerial attacks empty Syrian town of Azaz Also in today’s show: The Red Cross urges more Syrian prison visits The Libyan ambassador to the U.S. talks about challenges facing his country (Interview with Ambassador Ali Aujali) Political deadlock in Tunisia fuels economic frustration Australia asks Israel to explain the death of an More »

PODCAST: More Anti-regime Rallies in Bahrain

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee A push for reforms and civil rights doesn’t die in Bahrain Also in today’s show: Syrian children seek a good education Libya tries to contain a crime wave Egyptians reeling from post-revolution economic woes A new report on a water drain in the Middle East (Interview with Jay Famiglietti, University of California, Irvine) (audio player More »

PODCAST: Violence, Death Mar Bahrain Anniversary

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee A protester is killed as Bahrain marks its uprising anniversary Also in today’s show: Syrians displaced by war struggle to survive The North Korean nuclear test shines a spotlight on Iran Three things Obama can do to improve the U.S. image in the MENA region (Interview with Robert Powell, Economist Intelligence Unit) (audio player More »

PODCAST: Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Drawdown

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee The U.S. president says 34,000 troops will come home within a year Also in today’s show: In major speech, Obama touches on Egypt, Syria and Israel Worsening attitudes toward the U.S. in the Middle East and North Africa An Africa ‘brain gain’ thanks to growing economies on the continent (audio player might not More »