Middle East

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Pittsburgh native Shelly Culbertson describes a journey through six countries seeking to understand how the Arab Spring shaped the Middle East in her book "The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East." She joins us in studio to discuss her journey and where the Arab Spring nations stand today.  

What’s the Way Forward for the U.S. and Iran?

Sep 9, 2014
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It has been months since President Obama announced an interim deal had been struck between the group known as P5+1 and Iranian leadership over Iran's nuclear program. Many open questions remain as the deliberations move forward and the details of the agreement emerge. How will this play out?

A Pittsburgh Journalist In The Middle East

Aug 1, 2014
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The Middle East has been at the center of global attention for at least the past decade, and the state of affairs have become increasingly chaotic following the uprisings that took place in several countries during 2011.

2014 is shaping up to be another monumental year, with rebels threatening to overthrow the Iraqi government, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reaching deadly heights, and a crucial presidential election in Turkey, just to name a few.

As important to world news as these events are, most local papers do not feel these happenings are relevant to their coverage.

An exception to that would be the Tribune-Review, which has Betsy Hiel, a Pittsburgher based in Cairo. Hiel has covered everything from protests, to the Olympics, and sometimes had to get in harms way to find her story. She joined us from Istanbul to talk about her experience in the middle east and break down what is really going on over there.

Molly Williamson on Geoeconomic Factors in Diplomacy

Mar 17, 2014

Middle East Institute scholar Molly Williamson speaks on "Geoeconomic Factors in Diplomacy" surrounding the top five oil-producing countries in the world: Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, China and Iran.

Overplaying Their Hand in Egypt

Jul 23, 2013
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With Egypt’s government in turmoil yet again,Georgetown professor Ross Harrison believes that one thing is for certain: the recent overthrow of Mohammad Morsi’s presidency came as a result of the Muslim Brotherhood’s decision to overplay its hand and alienate many of the upstart, secular groups that helped elect him in the first place.

“There was an expectation in the street that he would govern more broadly than it did,” Harrison says. Instead, Morsi allocated power to himself and appealed only to the extremely religious elements that make up the Muslim Brotherhood. The question now, he says, is “whether [the Muslim Brotherhood] becomes part of the [new] coalition or whether they go back underground.”