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Babel: Translating the Middle East

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Babel will take you beyond the headlines to discuss what’s really happening in the Middle East and North Africa. It features regional experts who explain what’s going on, provide context on pivotal developments, and highlight trends you may have missed. Jon Alterman, senior vice president, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts the podcast along with his colleagues from the Middle East Program. This podcast is made possible through the generous support of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates. All views, positions, and conclusions expressed here should be understood to be solely of those of the speaker(s).


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This week on Babel, Jon speaks with Ambassador Beth van Schaack, the State Department's ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice. They talk about holding perpetrators of atrocities accountable in Syria, how accountability and justice fit into ... more

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This week on Babel, Jon speaks with Henry Rome, deputy head of research at the Eurasia Group and a longtime watcher of Israel and Iran. They talk about negotiations for a new nuclear deal with Iran and why they've stalled, scenarios for where negotia... more

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 79 ratings
  • Exceptional

    I enjoy most CSIS podcasts, and I feel compelled to give Babble high marks across the board. The host is exceptional in both his level of subject matter expertise and his presentation of it. I appreciate having a high quality podcast from CSIS on this important region.

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    United Statesa month ago
  • The Iranians like the Americans and eqger to resumed plotical, economocal and cultural relationships the disconnected since 1978. more

    Shahriar Raeisi
    6 months ago
  • Highly recommended

    As someone who studied the Middle East at university and wanted to keep up with it, I find Babel extremely useful. They cover a wide range of issues and often have guests I’d never heard of. Highly recommended for anyone with a professional, academic, or personal interest in the region.

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    United States7 months ago
  • Excellent

    Love this podcast! Great insight, great conversation.

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    United Statesa year ago
  • Excellent

    A++++ show

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    United Statesa year ago

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