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What We, The United States of America, Want | The Haqqani Network Must Not Be Allowed to Hold U.S. Interests Hostage

by Melissa Skorkavia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Over the last half-century, the Haqqani network has grown from a relatively small, tribal-based jihadist network into one of the most powerful terrorist syndicates in South Asia. And now, with the return of its Taliban allies to government in Afghanistan, this designated foreign-terrorist organization holds significant political power

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The Syrian Crisis: A Focus on Daraa, ‘Cradle of the Revolution‘

interview with Joel D. Rayburn, Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan Notebook
Friday, September 10, 2021

A discussion with Col. (Ret.) Joel Rayburn, former US Special Envoy for Syria.

The Limits Of Israeli Sea Power And The Threat Of Escalation With Iran

by Samuel Helfontvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Israel is in undergoing a major naval buildup, but it is still unable to address ongoing Iranian threats to its commercial shipping. In the past, Israel’s lack of naval options to solve maritime disputes has led it to launch broader wars, and Jerusalem has threatened to escalate the current conflict. The Biden administration needs to ensure that Israeli-Iranian skirmishes at sea do not balloon into a broader war.

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The Return Of The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan: A Conversation With Asfandyar Mir

interview with Asfandyar Mirvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Asfandyar Mir joins the podcast to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, the political dynamics of the Taliban, and the threat of al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

Islam In Taiwan: The Unlikely Story Of An Important Global Partnership

by Kelly Anne Hammondvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

There is an important community of Muslims in Taiwan that has long provided a leverage point for the island government in its international posturing in relation to the Chinese Communist Party. Examining Taiwan’s engagement with Muslims also brings together two seemingly unrelated aspects of US foreign policy: Washington's forceful criticism of Beijing’s mistreatment of the Muslim Uyghur population in Xinjiang, and its reiterated commitment to the defense of Taiwan. 

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Lebanon: Between Economic Crisis And Sectarian Conflict

interview with Paul Woodvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A discussion with Paul Wood.

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Yemen And The Houthis: A Conversation With Bernard Haykel

interview with Bernard Haykelvia The Caravan Notebook
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Professor Bernard Haykel joins the podcast to discuss his latest piece for the Hoover Caravan, titled “The Houthis, Saudi Arabia, and the War in Yemen.”

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Mohammed Bin Salman And Saudi Arabia

interview with Ben Hubbard, Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A discussion with Ben Hubbard, author of MBS.

Unsalvageable Phenomena: A Doubter’s Guide To Middle Eastern Oil And US Foreign Policy

by Tristan Abbeyvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Does Middle East security really revolve around oil? According to this policy practitioner, doubts are accumulating about the “petrocentric” theory of the region's geopolitics, with anomalies that cannot be easily explained away by the conventional fixation on oil production. This essay draws on parallels from historical astronomy to suggest the time is ripe for a strategic revolution in the minds of American policy makers.

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Meeting Abu Muhammad Al-Jawlani: A Conversation With Martin Smith

interview with Martin Smithvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Producer and filmmaker Martin Smith joins the podcast to discuss his new documentary, “The Jihadist,” and the state of the former al-Qaida franchise in charge of Syria’s Idlib Province.

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The Caravan Notebook is a platform for essays and podcasts that offer commentary on a variety of subjects, ranging from current events to cultural trends, and including topics that are too local or too specific from the larger questions addressed quarterly in The Caravan

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