Watch Al-Monitor/PBS NewsHour "Trendlines: Syria After Geneva II"


Syria After Geneva II, the first edition of “Trendlines,”‚Äč an Al-Monitor/PBS NewsHour web special, will stream here on Al-Monitor.com today, Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. EST, featuring Al-Monitor columnists Semih Idiz, Daoud Kuttab and Vitaly Naumkin along with Professor Josh Landis, and will be anchored by PBS NewsHour chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner.

Beginning in February 2014, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions (producer of the PBS NewsHour) and Al-Monitor.com will begin producing web video specials on the Middle East.

The first, PBS NewsHour/Al-Monitor "Trendlines" edition, “Syria After Geneva II,” will examine the prospects of ending that country’s bloody civil war after a historic, but largely unfruitful, meeting of the Syrian government and opposition leaders. The program will be streamed on both organizations' websites on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. EST.

The specials will run approximately 15 to 18 minutes and be hosted by Margaret Warner, the Emmy Award–winning PBS NewsHour chief foreign affairs correspondent, and feature Al-Monitor voices from the region through its columnists and writers as well as other guests. The first program features Al-Monitor columnists Semih Idiz from Ankara, Daoud Kuttab from Amman and Vitaly Naumkin from Moscow, as well as professor Joshua Landis from the University of Oklahoma.

Viewers can join the conversation on “Syria After Geneva II” in a live Twitter chat hosted by @NewsHour on Thursday, February 13, at 1 p.m. EST using #newshourchats.

“The PBS NewsHour is the gold standard of broadcast news, and we are very pleased to begin this partnership with Margaret and her colleagues,” said Andrew Parasiliti, editor and CEO of Al-Monitor.   

“We are extremely excited to partner with Al-Monitor and their wide network of journalists and sharp columnists in one of the most important regions of the world,” said Justin Kenny, foreign editor and senior producer, who oversees international coverage for the PBS NewsHour and its digital platforms. “Our web audience will get a very smart, substantive, lively, deep dive into some of the most vexing foreign policy issues of our day.”

“We want to bring our American and worldwide web audiences insights they don’t usually hear, from observers living on the front lines in this tumultuous region,” said Warner. “Al-Monitor has shown an ability to get at the trends in the region, and tapping the diverse Al-Monitor family of columnists there, as well as some of America’s top thinkers about the Middle East, will give us that.”

After episodes are streamed, they will be posted on the PBS NewsHour (www.pbs.org/newshour) and Al-Monitor (www.al-monitor.com) websites and affiliated platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Roku.

In addition to being chief foreign affairs correspondent, Warner is also the lead correspondent for the overseas reporting unit of the PBS NewsHour. She earned an Emmy Award in 2008 for her coverage of turmoil in Pakistan. Prior to joining what was then the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in 1993, she was an award-winning correspondent at Newsweek. She spent a decade at the magazine as political and campaign correspondent, White House reporter and chief diplomatic correspondent.

Al-Monitor, launched on February 13, 2012, features reporting and analysis by prominent journalists and experts from the Middle East for its Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey Pulses, as well as partnerships with two dozen regional publications. Al-Monitor’s content is regularly referenced by The Economist, Le Monde, The New York Times, Reuters, Time and The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. The Washington Post has called the site “invaluable,” and The Huffington Post referred to it as "increasingly a daily must-read for insightful commentary on the Middle East.” The Economist recommended Al-Monitor’s Egypt and Iran coverage in its “What To Read section.”  

According to the 2013 Erdos Morgan Opinion Leaders Survey, the PBS NewsHour is the third most watched news/public affairs program among US-based foreign policy decision makers — ahead of ABC and CBS's daily newscasts and all the cable news programs. The PBS NewsHour is seen by 4.3 million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced with WETA Washington, D.C., and in association with WNET in New York. Major corporate funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by BAE Systems, BNSF Railway and Charles Schwab with additional support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Friends of the NewsHour and others.

Both Variety and The Washington Times have covered the launch of the series, which will run tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST on Al-Monitor.com and www.pbs.org/newshour.


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