PKK Kurdish fighters are on the U.S.'s list of terrorist organizations, but the U.S. supports its fight against the jihadist Islamic State. Ali Ezzatyar, lawyer and scholar on the Middle East, joins us to discuss the Kurds' changing role in the region.
In a statement today, President Obama said a group like the Islamic State "has no place in the 21st century." Today we'll talk to Steven Simon, a fellow at the Middle East Institute, about the ISIS threat to surrounding countries and what can the U.S. do about it.
American and Iraqi Yazidis are in Washington D.C. lobbying for more U.S. intervention in Northern Iraq, but President Obama has said he will not re-introduce American ground troops. We'll hear more in a BBC special report.
Although President Obama has said U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were successful, Yazidi refugees say the humanitarian disaster continues. Christine van den Toorn is on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan and will explain the situation there.
Rashid Khalidi recently wrote in the New Yorker, "What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas... It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives." We'll hear more from him on today's show. He'll also talk on U.S. policy failures in Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, is due to be replaced, but is fighting for a third term despite his loss of support in Iraq and internationally. As the U.S. pressures Al-Maliki to peacefully step aside, it continues airstrikes against ISIL near Erbil.
The American Association of University Professors is calling for universities to reconsider their Confucius Institutes. We'll talk to a University of Chicago professor whose article criticizing the institutes has helped fuel the debate.