How the Fight Against the Islamic State Is Being Covered

Charlie Winter comes back on the show to discuss how the Islamic State, and the campaign against them, is being covered. Some of the topics we discussed include:

  • How the fight against the Islamic State is covered in the media and political discourse
  • Differences in how the Islamic State is covered and discussed in the US vs the UK
  • The focus on military solutions at the expense of political and diplomatic ones
  • How governments can improve the non-military aspects of the fight against the Islamic State
  • Challenges posed by trying to quantify success in counter-narrative campaigns
  • Projects Charlie is working on at GSU

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Libya's Fragile Unity Agreement

Mary Fitzgerald comes back on the show to discuss the latest attempts to bring an end to the conflict in Libya. Some of the topics we covered include:

  • Background on the unity agreement that was signed in December
  • Challenges the new unity government is already facing
  • The new UN envoy's determination to make the unity agreement work
  • Recent attacks on Libya's oil infrastructure
  • Islamic State's presence in Libya and efforts to combat them
  • Libya's massive economic challenges

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Thanks to Mikhail Yurchak, Ryan Gell, MJ, and Adam Smith Intl. for supporting the show. If you'd like to support the podcast you can check out the show's Patreon page.

Iran-Saudi Arabia Conflict and Its Regional Effects

Phillip Smyth comes on the show to discuss many issues surrounding the current Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions. We covered a variety of topics, particularly on the Iranian and Shia side of the conflict, such as:

  • The regional reactions and effects of the current crisis
  • Detailed background on Nimr al-Nimr
  • Iran's desire to represent all Shia
  • The conflict's effect on minority Shia populations in the region

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UK's Role in Syria & Recent Diplomatic Efforts

Michael Stephens comes back on the show to discuss the United Kingdom's efforts to fight the Islamic State in Syria, as well as the latest developments in the diplomatic process seeking to bring an end to the conflict. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Background on UK foreign policy towards the conflict in Syria over the past few years
  • The scars of the Iraq war and how they influence the perception of the conflict in Syria
  • The unique military capabilities that the UK brings to the anti-IS coalition
  • The need to separate UK and European domestic security issues and the fight against IS held territory
  • Why the UK is unlikely to increase its role in Syria, such as sending ground troops
  • The recent UN Security Council resolution on Syria

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Tunisian Jihadism

Bridget Moreng comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Tunisia. Some of the topics covered include:

  • What factors lead to the growth of jihadism after Ben Ali
  • The relationship between AST, AQ, and KUIN
  • Tunisian government efforts to combat jihadist groups
  • The day-to-day attacks that go unnoticed
  • The importance of the tourism industry in Tunisia
  • Potential for Tunisia to become an Islamic State - al Qaeda battleground

Links:
- Tunisian Jihadism after the Sousse Massacre | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
- Valens Global
- Bridget Moreng (@BridgetMoreng) on Twitter
- Karl Morand (@KarlMorand) on Twitter

Thanks to Adam Smith International, Wendy Plotkin, David De Bruijn, and Ryan Gell for supporting the podcast! If you'd like to support the show please check out the show's Patreon page.