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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.

May 13, 2021

Alex Vatanka, Abdolrasool Divsallar, and Michael Eisenstadt join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the high-level talks in Vienna, now in their fifth week, aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal that the Trump administration withdrew the US from in mid-2018.


May 6, 2021

Paul Salem and Randa Slim join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the Biden administration’s first 100 days in office and what it’s meant for U.S. Middle East policy, from Afghanistan to Iran.


Apr 30, 2021

Evidence shows that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the women of the Middle East has been disastrous, as lost employment, disproportionate health and well-being, and the burden of care work have set women back in terms of political and economic gains. Where have the biggest losses been sustained, and how are...


Apr 23, 2021

Marvin Weinbaum and David Sedney join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the recently announced U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and what it means for the country, the U.S., and the region as a whole.


Apr 16, 2021

Jonathan Winer and Mirette Mabrouk join host Alistair Taylor to discuss Libya's new interim government, the complex regional and international dynamics at play, and what Libya's future might look like.