Nils Hagerdal of Tufts University discusses his latest book, Friend or Foe: Militia Intelligence and Ethnic Violence in the Lebanese Civil War, with Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast. The book examines the Lebanese civil war to offer a new theory that highlights the interplay of ethnicity and intelligence gathering. (Starts at 0:42). Emily Scott of McGill University speaks about her new article entitled, “Compromising Aid to Protect International Staff: The Politics of Humanitarian Threat Perception after the Arab Uprisings,” published in the Journal of Global Security Studies. (Starts at 32:30). Esfandyar Batmanghelidj of the European Council on Foreign Relations talks about the Iranian economy under sanctions and the possible return of the JCPOA. (Starts at 50:09).
Music for this season’s podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir’s work on his YouTube Channel.