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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

Feb 7, 2020

MEI’s Jonathan Winer and Ross Harrison join host Alistair Taylor to discuss the conflict in Libya and how it fits into the broader context of civil wars in the Middle East.

Harrison and Winer are contributors to the new MEI book, Escaping the Conflict Trap: Toward Ending Civil Wars in the Middle East, which lays out the underlying causes of and potential policy solutions to the civil wars of the region.