middle east

#388      34 min 12 sec
The power of a warm welcome: Forging a humanitarian response to refugees amid negative media imagery

Prof Uma Kothari

Are refugees fleeing persecution today generally seen as people who need help, or problems to be pushed away? Migration and refugee researcher Prof. Uma Kothari discusses how media representations of asylum seekers influence us in how we attend and respond to the plight of individuals and groups fleeing their countries in search of safety. Presented by Peter Mares.

#376      52 min 43 sec
Jihad and 'just war': Twisting the law on the way to the battlefield

Prof Naz Modirzadeh
Assoc Prof Andrew March

International law expert Prof Naz Modirzadeh and political scientist Assoc Prof Andrew March explore how the United States and other governments contort and stretch international and domestic laws to accommodate the waging of war on non-state Islamist forces, and how those forces themselves invoke Islamic law to justify their actions. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#325      29 min 48 sec
Getting your Monet’s worth: The rapidly changing global market in art

Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Art market researcher and former curator Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios examines the rapidly evolving relationship between art and money on the international stage. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#235      40 min 05 sec
Tight-lipped transactions: Degrees of transparency in sovereign wealth funds

Assoc Prof Christopher Balding

Political economist Assoc Prof Christopher Balding examines the rapid rise of sovereign wealth funds in global finance, and focuses on issues of transparency and governance. He also discusses the impact that such large sums of money have on domestic and international politics. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#233      24 min 39 sec
Vested interests: What conditions create suicide bombers?

Prof Riaz Hassan

Sociologist Professor Riaz Hassan discusses the social and political environment that motivates some people to become suicide bombers. Riaz also explores whether there is a relationship between Islamism and terrorism. Presented by Jacky Angus.

#196      28 min 02 sec
Written in the sand: al-Qaeda and its prospects in the new Middle East

Dr Norman Cigar

Middle East security expert Dr Norman Cigar explains how al-Qaeda’s strategic goals and military posturing are communicated within the organization through its own publications. He also speaks on the challenges al-Qaeda faces in a fast evolving Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.

#193      22 min 36 sec
Freer and fairer: Nurturing political transparency in the Middle East

Charles W. Dunne

Charles W. Dunne, Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs for Freedom House, speaks about the efforts of his organisation and others like it to provide political education and training on the ground in the Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.

#191      22 min 38 sec
Blame it on their youth: Generational forces in an evolving Middle East

Prof Emma Murphy

Political economist Professor Emma Murphy examines the social conditions that confront young Arabs in the Middle East, and argues that the youth of today will ultimately remake and redefine the region. Presented by Jacky Angus.

#188      31 min 30 sec
Exiting autocracy: Democratic prospects and prerequisites in the new Middle East

Prof. George Joffé

Cambridge political scientist Professor George Joffé weighs the chances of representative government emerging in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring". With host Jacky Angus.

#181      25 min 42 sec
Mirages of influence: The US in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring"

Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh

Political scientist Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh joins host Jacky Angus to talk about the changing geo-political environment confronting the United States in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring".