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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 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 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 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 Faisal Abbas, Russell A. Bermanvia 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 Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, Russell A. Bermanvia 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: Al-Qaida And The Taliban At The Crossroads.

interview with Russell A. Berman, Cole Bunzelvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

What are jihadis saying about the Taliban peace deal and Afghan negotiations?

Jihadi Reactions To The U.S.-Taliban Deal And Afghan Peace Talks

by Cole Bunzelvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

On September 12, 2020, the Taliban and the Afghan government began negotiations in Qatar over the political future of Afghanistan. In accordance with the “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan,” signed by the United States and the Taliban on February 29, the negotiations are expected to produce “a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire” between the warring Afghan parties, as well as an “agreement over the future political roadmap of Afghanistan.”


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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.