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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

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.

Jun 19, 2019

MEI scholars Mirette Mabrouk and Rauf Mammadov join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the region’s energy boom, how significant recent finds are to the global market, and the challenges facing regional energy cooperation.

Jun 13, 2019

The territorial defeat of ISIS in March 2019 was a significant victory in the fight against terrorism, but the struggle to defeat violent extremism is far from over. Ambassador Edmund Fitton-Brown and Charles Lister join guest host Gerald Feierstein to discuss the latest developments in policy to combat regional...

Jun 7, 2019

Jihad Azour, director of the Middle East and Central Asia department at the International Monetary Fund, joins host Alistair Taylor to discuss the key trends and drivers impacting MENA economies in 2019, and the challenges that lie ahead.