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On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman
Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman interview newsmakers each week from the US and Middle East about the latest news and trends in the region, with additional commentary from Al-Monitor’s ‘on-the-ground’ correspondents.
Most Recent Episode #68
Europe, West threatened by atmospheric Jihadism and the entrepreneurs of wrath, says Gilles Kepel
On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti and Amberin Zaman, an Al-Monitor Podcast
Europe, West threatened by Atmospheric Jihadism and the entrepreneurs of wrath, says Gilles Kepel
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Professor Gilles Kepel of Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, discusses his latest book, The Prophet and the Pandemic; why Saudi Arabia is shifting its center of gravity to the Red Sea; the symbolism and consequences of Erdogan’s re-Islamization of the Hagia Sophia; how and why trends in North Africa reach the banlieues of Europe; and more.
Links:
-Gilles Kepel : ‘La déroute américaine en Afghanistan s’inscrit dans les bouleversements de l’écosystème djihadiste global’
-Are Syrian Jihadis ready to take the fight to Afghanistan? - Al-Monitor
-Saudi Arabia seeks low key influence in Afghanistan - Al-Monitor
 
On Israel with Ben Caspit
Ben Caspit, an Israel correspondent for Al-Monitor, brings you weekly interviews with newsmakers and officials to discuss the latest news in Israel.
Most Recent Episode #59
Michael Oren: Israel must build case legitimizing possible action against Iran 
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Ben Caspit hosts this week Israel’s former ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. Ambassador Oren explains that while former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach made the Iranian threat an Israeli issue, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is trying to internationalize it again. Still, Oren says that Israel must also remind the international community that it has the right and the historic duty to defend itself, and that it will take action should Iran try to break out towards a nuclear weapon. "We should be repeating that over and over again, as loudly as possible and at every possible forum," he notes. Ambassador Oren argues that the US does not necessarily need to choose between diplomacy and war against Iran, and that a military operation by heavy bombers against Iran would not necessarily mean war. 
Links:
-Shapiro's appointment as Iran liaison good news for Bennett-Biden relations - Al-Monitor
-Bennett, Biden meet, feature friendship and understanding on Iran - Al-Monitor
-Biden-Bennett talks covered Iran, Palestinian economy, evictions - Al-Monitor
Off The Hookah with Phil and Cooper
We get it: the Middle East can be a complicated place, and sometimes it’s difficult to wrap your head around all the regional conflicts and political drama - that’s where we come in. We’re here to break down the major headlines, talk with experts and journalists, and give you a clearer picture of what’s happening in the region so you can impress your friends and promote our podcast. Sorry, that’s the shameless plug we were supposed to delete. Oh well. Off the Hookah with Phil and Cooper is a production of Al-Monitor.
Episode #130: The Price is Wrong
As the coronavirus crisis continues to grip the world, the markets have been on the shakiest ground yet since the 2008 economic recession - especially with regards to the price of oil. In the last few years, Saudi Arabia and Russia have developed a special relationship to stabilize oil prices in the face of growing competition from the Americans, who for the first time has begun to outpace both countries in terms of production. But when demand for oil began to fall precipitously in the face of COVID-19, the relationship ended in a messy way. Phil and Cooper break down the bad breakup and how it’s affected economies worldwide.
Russia might not be ready for long-term OPEC commitment (Nikolay Kozhanov)
Russia hoping to outdo Saudis over time in coronavirus-hit oil market (Max Suchkov)
Does Moscow's withdrawal from OPEC-plus deal end Russia-Saudi honeymoon? (Nikolay Kozhanov)
Intel: How the US is relying on Riyadh to reassure global markets (Elizabeth Hagedorn)
Extra Listening
Episode #114, Double Double, Oil and Trouble (9/27/2019): Exploring the special relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia in the face of attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure.
Music: Elman - “Антигерой” (Spotify)
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