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On the Middle East with Andrew Parasiliti

Andrew Parasiliti interviews newsmakers each week from the US and Middle East about the latest news and trends in the region, with additional commentary from Al-Monitor’s ‘on-the-ground’ correspondents.

Most Recent: Episode #18

Van Hollen says Iran is metaphor for failed Trump foreign policies

This week on the podcast, US Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., makes the case for a Joe Biden foreign policy in the Middle East and discusses the Trump Administration’s policies toward Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Israeli normalization deals with Bahrain and the UAE. He also explains how, in his view, Russia and China are gaining at the expense of the US in the region.

On Israel with Ben Caspit

Ben Caspit, an Israel correspondent for Al-Monitor, brings you weekly interviews with newsmakers and officials to discuss the latest news in Israel.

Most Recent: Episode #17

Failed government response to COVID-19 pushes Israel to second lockdown

On this week’s episode, foreign news editor of Israel’s Channel 13 Nadav Eyal explains to Ben Caspit how the government failed in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and why it pushed Israel to become the first western state to impose a second nationwide lockdown. Israel opened up its economy much too early after the first lockdown, with large weddings and mass gathering, Eyal says. “Even in Sweden they do not allow wedding of more than 50 people.”

Off the Hookah with Phil and Cooper

We get it: the Middle East can be a complicated place, and sometimes it’s difficult to wrap your head around all the regional conflicts and political drama - that’s where we come in. We’re here to break down the major headlines, talk with experts and journalists, and give you a clearer picture of what’s happening in the region so you can impress your friends and promote our podcast. Sorry, that’s the shameless plug we were supposed to delete. Oh well. Off the Hookah with Phil and Cooper is a production of Al-Monitor.

| Apr. 1, 2020

Episode #130: The Price is Wrong

As the coronavirus crisis continues to grip the world, the markets have been on the shakiest ground yet since the 2008 economic recession - especially with regards to the price of oil. In the last few years, Saudi Arabia and Russia have developed a special relationship to stabilize oil prices in the face of growing competition from the Americans, who for the first time has begun to outpace both countries in terms of production. But when demand for oil began to fall precipitously in the face of COVID-19, the relationship ended in a messy way. Phil and Cooper break down the bad breakup and how it’s affected economies worldwide.