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Good evening, podcast listeners!Walter Russell Mead rejoins us on the show this week to talk about the strategic and humanitarian disaster unfolding in the Middle East. He and Richard touch on a number of topics within that umbrella, including the fallout from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s intense drive for power, the Kurdish resistance to ISIS, and how the U.S. repeated in Libya—on a smaller scale—some of the worst errors in Iraq.Then, Senior Research Professor of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Charles Gati discusses the recent renuncation of liberal democracy made by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, and what this might mean for the health of the EU.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host Richard Aldous on Twitter @RJAldous, Walter Russell Mead @wrmead, and Charles Gati @cggati.