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February 1, 2024

Middle East Program
Virtual Media Briefing: the Drone Strike on a U.S. Base in Jordan

Following the drone strike on a U.S. base in Jordan, panelists discuss the possibility of a U.S. military response as well as the implications of conflict spreading in the region.  BRANNEN: Thanks…

Play President Biden briefed after drone attack in Jordan

February 12, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel-Hamas War: Regional Escalation and U.S. Strategy

Panelists discuss the regional escalation of the Israel-Hamas war, developments in flashpoints including in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen, attacks on U.S. forces and the consequences for U…

Play 3 boats of the Yemeni Coast Guard affiliated with the Houthi group patrol the Red sea while displaying Yemeni and Palestinian flags.

February 22, 2024

Palestinian Territories
The UN’s Palestinian Aid Controversy: What’s at Stake

The leading UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees is engulfed in allegations that twelve of its employees were involved in the Hamas attacks on southern Israel. The agency faces severe funding cutba…

February 6, 2024

Iran
U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, With Ray Takeyh and Robin Wright

Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR, and Robin Wright, a contributing writer and columnist for the New Yorker, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the …

Podcast President Joe Biden on February 2, 2024, attends the transfer of the remains of three U.S. service members killed five days earlier in a drone attack on a U.S. military base in Jordan.

January 29, 2024

Iran
Drone Strike Risks Dangerous U.S.-Iran Escalation

An attack from Iran-aligned forces that killed U.S. service members near Jordan’s border with Syria risks direct U.S.-Iran conflict in a region already embroiled in widening violence.  

February 8, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Israel-Hamas War: The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

International calls for a cease-fire are mounting as the humanitarian situation in Gaza deteriorates rapidly amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

January 31, 2024

Iran
Iran’s Regional Armed Network

Iran’s web of armed partners such as Hezbollah and the Houthis serves to strengthen its influence in the Middle East and could pose a significant threat to the United States and U.S. allies in the re…

Militants in Beirut, Lebanon, stand at attention during the funeral of a Hezbollah member killed during border clashes with Israel

October 16, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Jordan and Palestine

The relationship between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the West Bank, which it ruled from 1948 to 1967, remains in question despite the late King Hussein’s renunciation of all claims to the Wes…

King Hussein and former crown prince Hassan

February 1, 2024

China
Biden Confronts Iran, China’s Lunar New Year Economic Slowdown, Pakistan’s Flawed Elections, and More

The Joe Biden administration contends with how to respond to a deadly attack on U.S. service members at a base in Jordan while also preventing a wider regional war; a faltering economy clouds festivi…

Podcast  A worker hangs Chinese character Fu, which means good fortune, at Ditan Park (before the Spring Festival on January 31, 2024 in Beijing, China.