Babel: Translating the Middle East

Babel is the program’s weekly podcast, taking you beyond the headlines to discuss what’s really happening in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Mezze: Assorted Stories from the Middle East


A Mezze: Meat Market

Many countries have large trade deficits with oil producers in the Middle East, but Brazil is deep in surplus: it isn’t hungry for oil imports, but the region's consumers are hungry for its meat.

Podcast Episode — October 25, 2022

Babel Miniseries & Other Work

U.S. Power and Influence in the Middle East

Babel: U.S. Power and Influence in the Middle East

In seven episodes, Babel: U.S. Power and Influence in the Middle East will analyze where the United States stands after two decades of heightened engagement in the region. Jon Alterman, senior vice president, Zbigniew Brzezinski chair in global security and geostrategy, and director of the Middle East Program, sits down with some of the preeminent foreign policy experts and former policymakers who have helped shape U.S. policy in the region. Over the next seven weeks, Babel will explore how the United States has used its military, economic, diplomatic, and soft power tools in the Middle East—and how the Middle East has responded.

The miniseries is available now on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Podcast Series by Jon B. Alterman