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Jan 3, 2024

This week, Dan chats with Steven Heydemann, who serves as the Director of Middle East Studies at Smith College.

We cover the following topics:

  • Understanding Middle Eastern Conflicts:

    • The intricacies of Palestinian-Israeli relations, dissecting Hamas and the PLO differences.
    • China's and Russia's roles in the Palestinian conflict, shedding light on their involvements.
  • Insights on Syria:

    • U.S. ambivalence and Russia's intervention in Syria, and missed opportunities for early U.S. support.
  • Turkey's Position in NATO:

    • Turkey's contentious role within NATO, and the value of having Turkey in the Atlantic alliance despite President Erdogan's leadership style.

Check out this week's episode!