Libya Peace Talks Continue

Mary Fitzgerald comes back on the show to talk about the recent UN talks in Geneva and the ongoing effort to end the civil war in Libya. Topics we covered include:

  • The problem of what to do with Gen. Khalifa Hiftar
  • Potential for small, local agreements to build to a national agreement
  • Why the Islamic State, and their growth in Libya, is not a focus of the ongoing talks
  • Economic issues Libya is facing, now and in the near future
  • Importance and relevance of local militias to the potential of success of a national agreement

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Islamic State's Propaganda Strategy

Charlie Winter comes on the show to talk about Islamic State propaganda. The basis for our discussion is Charlie's recent paper "The Virtual Caliphate: Understanding Islamic State's Propaganda Strategy" (PDF). The topics we covered include:

  • Islamic State propaganda that doesn't focus on brutality
  • How IS propaganda strategy has evolved
  • The ability of Islamic State to control their message
  • Efforts to counter Islamic State propaganda

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Yemen: Not on the Brink, in Free Fall

Adam Baron comes back on the show to discuss the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Topics we covered include:

  • Background on the events that lead to the current situation
  • The problems Yemen was facing prior to the past few months of fighting
  • Recent failures to establish a humanitarian cease fire
  • Realistic chances that a cease fire could happen soon
  • AQAP taking advantage of the chaos and controlling territory
  • Lack of urgency in the international community to solving the conflict
  • Who in the international community could have a positive influence on the situation
  • How the Yemeni public views the conflict

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Tunisian Foreign Fighters

Aaron Zelin comes back on the show to discuss Tunisian foreign fighters going to Iraq and Syria, and how Tunisia is handling security issues. Topics we covered include:

  • Radicalization of jihadists in prison
  • How the democratic transition enabled free movement
  • Tunisian government's evolution in dealing with jihadis
  • Instability on Tunisia's borders
  • Potential for regular jihadi attacks to become the new normal
  • International support for civil society and security efforts

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Netanyahu and the Politicization of Israel

Lisa Goldman, contributing editor at +972 Magazine and a fellow at New America, comes on the show to discuss recent events in Israeli politics. Topics covered include:

  • Background on the events leading up to Israel's recent election
  • Israel becoming a partisan issue in the U.S.
  • Netanyahu's narrow majority in the Knesset & his preference for the status quo
  • The Obama - Netanyahu relationship
  • Issues that are driving Israeli domestic politics
  • The growing wealth gap in Israel
  • Ayman Odeh and the Joint List

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