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Published on: October 27, 2014
Episode 38: Comprehending Kobani and Diagnosing a Crisis of Courage

Relevant Reading:

The Meaning of Kobani
Henri J. Barkey

The Courage Crisis
David J. Danelo

The Border: Exploring the U.S.-Mexican Divide
David J. Danelo

Good afternoon, podcast listeners! Though you may tire of hearing us say this, we really do have a treat for you today, as we tackle two very important issues, one domestic and one international.

First, we invite Henri Barkey, professor of international relations at Lehigh University, back on the show to discuss fighting in and over Kobani. He looks at why the city was chosen as a major battleground in the fight against ISIS, and draws a comparison between the battle—and the broader meaning surrounding it—and the bombing of Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War.

Then, director of field research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and former Executive Director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Policy and Planning David Danelo makes his debut on the podcast to discuss this summer’s child refugee crisis. He argues that this summer’s events were more a news story than a new story, and that they reflected a troubling lack of courage within the Obama Administration. He takes us through the reasons why the country seems incapable of handling such a large influx of migrants (and why the refugees have often been housed in rather squalid conditions), before discussing his relatively brief stint in the Obama Administration, and how the Administration is failing the American people on the issue of immigration.

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