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Power Vacuum in the Middle East


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Armed men roam a street in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on January 4, 2014. Parts of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah have been held by militants for days.
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Armed men roam a street in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on January 4, 2014. Parts of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah have been held by militants for days.

The past several weeks have been particularly violent in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern hotspots. Some argue this will be the new normal in an area transformed by citizen uprisings and a decreased U.S. presence. We'll look at the shifting balance of power in the Middle East and examine how the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is playing out around the region. As the bloodshed continues, should the U.S. be playing a more active role?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Max Boot, senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present"
  • Michael Nacht, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and former assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs
  • Robert Worth, reporter for The New York Times

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