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Babel
Translating the Middle East
Babel will take you beyond the headlines to discuss what’s really happening in the Middle East and North Africa. It features regional experts who explain what’s going on, provide context on pivotal developments, and highlight trends you may have missed. Jon Alterman, senior vice president, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts the podcast along with his colleagues from the Middle East Program. This podcast is made possible through the generous support of the Embassy of...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.9 stars from 51 ratings
Excellent
Love this podcast! Great insight, great conversation.
pink1ove via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/27/21
Excellent
A++++ show
itcouldbewho via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/05/21
Rich window into the ME
The highest quality of guests and discussion about a broad range to Middle East topics. I especially enjoy the short "A Mezze" episodes which provide a taste of the region that makes me want to be there (usually).Read full review »
Sevro60 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/16/21
Recent Episodes
This week on Babel, Jon speaks with Bassem Youssef. He's an Egyptian satirist who parlayed his low-budget Youtube program into Al-Bernameg, the most popular show of the Arab Spring. At its height, he had a weekly audience of more than 30 million viewers. They talk about how he got his start on...
Published 01/18/22
As Covid-19 restrictions reduced hajj numbers in 2021, Saudi Arabia had a prime opportunity to beta-test new crowd-control technology. A New Mezze from the CSIS Middle East Program. Stay tuned until the end for a special note from Jon about this new season of Babel. If you'd like to help us shape...
Published 01/11/22
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