Jihad & Martyrdom in Contemporary Muslim Militants

Christopher Anzalone joins me to discuss conceptions of military jihad and martyrdom among contemporary Muslim militants, including an in-depth discussion of Liwa Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas in Syria and the different Sadrist groups in Iraq. Anzalone is a PhD student at McGill University and an adjunct research fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University.

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Iranian Presidential Election

Majid Rafizadeh joins me to discuss the upcoming Iranian presidential election. Majid is the president of the International American Council on the Middle East and North Africa and a contributing editor for the Harvard International Review.

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U.S. Counter Terrorism Policy in Yemen: Past, Present, & Future

Gregory D. Johnsen, author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia joins me to discuss U.S. counter terrorism policy in Yemen, particularly the use of drones, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder’s letter confirming the death of four Americans by drone strikes and President Obama’s May 23rd speech on U.S. counter terrorism policy.

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Weapons in the Syrian Conflict

Eliot Higgins, the author of the Brown Moses Blog joins me to discuss the flow and use of weapons in Syria. Higgins’ blog has been an influential and widely read resource for tracking the various weapons that have been used in Syria, particularly related to the potential use of chemical weapons.

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Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross joins me to discuss Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST). We talk about AST’s background, operations, and the recent events surrounding the government crackdown on their Kairouan Conference. Daveed is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and has recently finished a research fellowship at the International Center for Counter-Terorism at The Hague where he focused on AST.

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Shia Militias in Syria

Phillip Smyth joins me to discuss Shia militia involvement in the Syrian conflict. Smyth writes the Hizballah Cavalcade for Jihadology. He also conducts research on Hizballah for the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies’ Lab for Computational Cultural Dynamics.

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