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The Iran Deal And Germany: A Discussion With Matthias Kuentzel

by Russell A. Berman, Matthias Kuentzelvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The JCPOA has a European dimension, and Germany's role is complicated.

Falih Al-Fayyadh’s Fall From Grace: The Inside Story Of The Treasury Department’s Sanctioning Of Iraq’s PMF Chairman And What Is At Stake

via The Caravan Notebook
Friday, April 2, 2021

by Michael P. Brill

On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions against Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Chairman Falih al-Fayyadh. An Iraqi politician who has demonstrated a proclivity for political survival, Fayyadh amassed considerable power in the state’s security services and paramilitary forces over the past decade.

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Lessons From An American Prisoner In Iran: A Discussion With Xiyue Wang

interview with Cole Bunzel, Wang Xiyuevia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Xiyue Wang, a PhD candidate at Princeton and AEI fellow, discusses what he learned about the Iranian regime, and efforts to appease and placate it, as an American prisoner in Iran.

Iran In All The Wrong Places: The Islamic Republic's Shadowy Presence In West Africa

via The Caravan Notebook
Thursday, March 11, 2021

by Nicholas Rodman

In 2016, while participating in a congressionally sponsored trip to the sub-Saharan republic of Niger, I noticed along a wide dusty avenue in the country’s capital of Niamey, a street lined with international aid clinics.  One building in particular felt out of place...  Why would the Islamic Republic of Iran fund a medical aid clinic over 3000 miles away?

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Human Rights In Saudi Arabia: A Discussion With Karen Elliott House

interview with Russell A. Berman, Karen Elliott Housevia The Caravan Notebook
Monday, March 8, 2021

Saudi Liberalization, a dramatic generational change, and the complicated role of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

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Turkey And The United States: A Discussion With Michael Doran

interview with Cole Bunzel, Michael Doranvia The Caravan Notebook
Monday, February 22, 2021

Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Doran discusses U.S.-Turkish relations and his recent essay for Hoover, “America Is Obstructing Turkey’s Geostrategic Destiny.”

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Islamism And Islam: A Discussion With Elham Manea

interview with Russell A. Berman, Elham Maneavia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A nuanced view of Islamism understood as a political ideology, its relationship to the religion of Islam, and its challenge to the values of liberal democracy.

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Saudi Arabia, Reform, & U.S. Policy

interview with Cole Bunzel, David Rundell via The Caravan Notebook
Friday, January 29, 2021

Veteran diplomat and Saudi expert David Rundell joins the podcast to discuss his recent book, Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads, and prospects for U.S.-Saudi relations under the Biden administration.

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The Caravan: The Arab Public And US Foreign Policy: A Discussion With Faisal Abbas

interview with Russell A. Berman, Faisal Abbasvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A public opinion survey sheds important light on Arab views of the role of the US in the Middle East with implications for the Biden Administration.

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The Caravan: Syria And US Foreign Policy

interview with Russell A. Berman, Mohammed Alaa Ghanemvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

What is the American track record in Syria and what should we expect from the Biden administration?


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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.