the house of wisdom: book talks on the Middle East

At The House of Wisdom, we had an engaging discussion with Noah Feldman on his book,The Arab Winter: A Tragedy. The book challenges the conventional wisdom and asks novel philosophical questions about most noble–and painfully tragic– series of events in which, for the first time in recent Middle Eastern history, Arabic-speaking peoples took free, collective action for their self-determination. Watch the podcast on YouTube

Watch the earlier book talks at The House of Wisdom

Listen the talks via SoundCloud

Turkey Plays with Fire in Libya

Seizing the opportunity to fill another vacuum in the geopolitical power game, Putin may lead an Astana-like process in Libya thanks to Erdoǧan. Driving a deeper rift between Turkey and European Union, Russia is also a geopolitical winner in such a scenario.

Turkish boots are now fully mobilized in the service of the Government of National Accord but escalating tensions in the Mediterranean over energy resources may actually harm both Ankara and Tripoli. READ MORE