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Published on: June 23, 2014
Episode 20: Iraq Fractures While Kurds Get Their Way

Relevant Reading:

Iraq: What a Way To Go
Adam Garfinkle

Will the Kurds Get Their Way?
Ofra Bengio

The Elephant in the Room
Ofra Bengio

Good afternoon, podcast listeners! We have a longer and more in-depth episode for you this week, as we focus our attention on the recent extraordinary developments in Iraq.

First, Richard Aldous speaks with Adam Garfinkle, Editor of The American Interest, about the “big, albeit not entirely new and hardly unpredictable” collapse of the Iraqi state and the seeming failure of the intelligence community to anticipate it—and also about where the blame lies for the sudden rise of ISIS.

Then, Ofra Bengio, senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and professor of history at Tel Aviv University, comes on the show to discuss what ISIS’s campaign means for the Kurds. Please accept our apologies for the audio quality issues with this portion of the podcast.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host, Richard Aldous, on Twitter @RJAldous.

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