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Yemen And The Houthis: A Conversation With Bernard Haykel

interview with Cole Bunzel, 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 Russell A. Berman, Ben Hubbardvia 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 Cole Bunzel, 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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Israel's Grand Strategy

interview with Russell A. Berman, Assaf Orionvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A discussion with Brigadier General (ret) Assaf Orion of the Israeli Defense Forces.

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Iran’s Last Shah: A Conversation With Ray Takeyh

interview with Cole Bunzel, Ray Takeyhvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Islamic Republic of Iran is repeating many of the mistakes of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, argues Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Gulf New Deal: Power, Competition, And The Renewable-Energy Transition In The Arab Monarchies

by Oliver McPherson-Smithvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What does the global transition to renewable energy mean for the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf? This essay outlines the political rationale, and consequences, of the Gulf monarchies’ aggressive efforts to scale up their renewable power industries. Driven by political survival, these neighboring states are increasingly being drawn into regional economic rivalries and civilian nuclear development. For American foreign policy makers, this high-stakes transition poses a raft of unique challenges.

Israel’s Grand Strategy Ripples Begin At Home

by Assaf Orionvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel was born into a state of war, with preponderant and unaccepting neighbors. Against daunting odds, it not only survived but prospered, gradually becoming recognized as a permanent, legitimate country in the Middle East and even a desired partner. Its success stems from its ability to harness its human talent and international networking potential into an advanced defensive enterprise, deftly managing rather than attempting to resolve conflicts.

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The Competition Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Since 1979

interview with Russell A. Berman, Kim Ghattasvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A Discussion with Kim Ghattas, Author of Black Wave.

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America's War In Afghanistan: A Discussion With Wesley Morgan

interview with Cole Bunzel, Wesley Morganvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Wesley Morgan, a journalist and expert on military affairs, discusses his new book The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan's Pech Valley.


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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

We will draw on the membership of Hoover's Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on the Middle East and the Islamic World, and on colleagues elsewhere who work that same political and cultural landscape. Hoover senior fellow Russell Berman directs the project from which this effort originates.