After the Caliphate: The Current State of Affairs in Iraq and Syria

What is the current state of affairs in Iraq and Syria? How has Iran responded to the crisis in Iraq? Have things changed all that much after the declaration of the Caliphate? Are the countries of the region adopting a borders-out policy to contain the ISIS threat?

Today, I speak with Michael Stephens, Deputy Director at RUSI Qatar, and Shashank Joshi, a Research Fellow at RUSI, about all things Iraq and Syria.

We discussed the following articles during the podcast:

Shashank Joshi, “‘Islamist terror is little threat to the West, and Saudis are backing Iraqi jihad’: is this former spy chief right?,” The Telegraph, 8 July 2014.

Thomas Hegghammer, “The Foreign Policy Essay: Calculated Caliphate,” Lawarfare, 6 July 2014.

Hugh Tomlinson, “Saudis send 30,000 troops to border as Isis advances,” The Times, 4 July 2014.

And make sure to read Michael Stephens’ blog for his analysis about Iraq from Kurdistan.

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About aaronstein1

I am an Istanbul based PhD Candidate a King's College London.
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