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Middle East Focus is a weekly podcast featuring talk and analysis on U.S. foreign policy, contemporary political and social issues in the Middle East, and the arts and culture of region. It is produced by the Middle East Institute, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C. For more information visit www.mei.edu.

Jul 18, 2019

As it combats continuing stagnant growth, Lebanon’s economy is facing a looming debt crisis. Omar Slim, senior investment manager and committee member with Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE), joins host Alistair Taylor to discuss the current threats to Lebanon’s economy and the need for financial...


Avoiding an Economic Crisis in Lebanon

Jul 18, 2019

As it combats continuing stagnant growth, Lebanon’s economy is facing a looming debt crisis. Omar Slim, senior investment manager and committee member with Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE), joins host Alistair Taylor to discuss the current threats to Lebanon’s economy and the need for financial...


Jul 11, 2019

Although Syria’s civil war has largely wound down, fighting in the city of Idlib in the northwest has heated up in the last two months. Charles Lister, MEI senior fellow and Director of the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program, and Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff, executive director and co-founder of People Demand Change,...


Jul 3, 2019

Becca Wasser, policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, and NPR national security correspondent and MEI scholar Greg Myre join host Alistair Taylor to discuss Moscow’s growing political, economic, and military footprint in the region.


Jun 27, 2019

Unal Cevikoz, MP for Turkey’s CHP, and MEI’s Gonul Tol join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the outcome of the June 23 rerun vote for control of Turkey’s largest city and economic powerhouse, and what it signals for President Erdogan and the AK party.