November 19, 2015
Let’s not mince words: it’s been a ghastly week. Catastrophic violence in Beirut and Paris, taking place against the backdrop of Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis, Syria’s ever-worsening civil war, and the Islamic State’s brutal expansion across Iraq, Syria, and beyond, have reminded us all just how precarious matters are in the Middle East.
These same events have also left many of us confused. ISIS, Islamic State, or Daesh? With so many enemies, does the US have any allies in the region? What are the goals of the Western powers’ airstrikes? And, perhaps most crucially of all, how did we get to this point? What is the history that has led us here?
Kirk J. Beattie, the author of Congress and the Shaping of the Middle East, and Loretta Napoleoni the author of many books including The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East, offer unparalleled insights into what’s happening in the middle east and radiating across the world.