Arab Digest Weekly Podcasts

Biden brings US diplomacy back to the Middle East

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Jon B Alterman director of the Middle East Program and senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. With Joe Biden in the White House American diplomacy is back in fashion but is diplomacy enough to solve the MENA region’s myriad challenges?

Hey Europe! The Maghreb Matters

Arab Digest editor William Law, in conversation with Francis Ghilès, an associate senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). A former North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, he is a specialist on security, energy, and political trends in North Africa and the Western Mediterranean.

Yemen in crisis

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Helen Lackner, one of the world’s foremost experts on Yemen and a conflict now entering its seventh year. Their talk ranges from the abandoned oil tanker that threatens an environmental disaster to outside forces and leaders of the Yemeni factions who profit from a war that leaves the people destitute and desperate.

Libya: time for Europe to step up to the plate

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Tarek Megerisi, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, on the role Europe could play in the Libya conflict. There are elites within the country and outside forces that want to keep the war going. It is in Europe’s interest to work towards ending it.

“Every Voice Counts”

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Lina al-Hathloul, the sister of the jailed Saudi womens’ rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul (https://www.loujainalhathloul.org/.) Loujain was detained and tortured in a secret prison and in December of last year given a six year prison sentence. Her sister tells Loujain’s story and the family’s fight for justice.

The feud is over, the scars run deep

William Law, editor of the Arab Digest, in conversation with Michael Stephens, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-author of ‘What next for Britain in the Middle East?’ just published by I.B. Tauris. The Gulf feud that pitted the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar has ended but the wounds remain and policy differences are unlikely ever to be finally resolved.

Egypt’s ongoing war on human rights

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with human rights lawyer Toby Cadman co-founder and head of chambers at the London law firm Guernica 37. He represents the family of the late president of Egypt Mohammed Morsi whose death in custody the UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard has determined could “amount to a State-sanctioned arbitrary killing.”

Airwars: tracking the airstrike toll

Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with Chris Woods, the co-founder of Airwars, a London-based NGO that tracks civilian casualties caused by aerial warfare. In the ongoing wars raging in the Middle East, Airwars has documented 55000 civilians killed in air attacks launched by foreign combattants on all sides. Airwars gathers and preserves a permanent record of these deaths which would otherwise be lost.

Saudi Aramco: a year like no other

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with the Baker Institute’s Jim Krane. Their conversation is about the world’s largest energy company Saudi Aramco: the year it has had since launching the IPO and the future it faces as the world takes on the daunting task of fighting the impact of climate change.

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