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Arab Center Washington DC
Five Questions is a podcast by Arab Center Washington DC where we unpack some of the big issues of the day by asking guests five key questions to break those issues down.
3 days ago
Tragedy and Resilience in Morocco
Aida Alami and Yousef Munayyer discuss the devastation in Morocco and the status of the rescue and recovery efforts. Alami is a Moroccan reporter who has been contributing to The New York Times since 2011. Based in Rabat, Morocco, and Paris, she mainly covers migration, human rights, religion, politics and racism.
Aug 16, 2023
Exporting the Weapons of Apartheid
Antony Loewenstein and Yousef Munayyer discuss the Israeli arms industry and how it relates to Israel's military occupation of Palestine. Loewenstein is an independent investigative journalist, best-selling author, and filmmaker.
Jul 20, 2023
Creeping Israeli Annexation
Dahlia Scheindlin and Yousef Munayyer discuss the process of creeping Israeli annexation of the West Bank. Scheindlin is a Fellow at Century International, a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant, as well as a scholar and a writer.
Jun 23, 2023
India and Israel's Evolving Relationships
Azad Essa and Yousef Munayyer discuss the implications of Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States and the relationship between India and Israel. Essa is a senior reporter for Middle East Eye based in New York City. He worked for Al Jazeera English between 2010-2018 and is the author of 'Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel.'
Apr 7, 2023
Why Palestinians Are Skipping Israel’s Protests
Diana Buttu and Yousef Munnayer discuss the Israeli protests against Netanyahu proposed "judicial reform" and the Palestinian position on these unprecedented protests. Buttu is a Palestinian lawyer, writer, analyst, and a former legal advisor to the PLO.
Jan 25, 2023
How Will American Jews React to Israel’s Far Right Government?
Peter Beinart and Yousef Munayyer discuss the impact of Israel’s new government on the Jewish American community in the United States. Beinart is Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York, Editor at Large of Jewish Currents, and a Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
Nov 16, 2022
Nadim Bawalsa and Yousef Munayyer discuss Palestinian communities in Latin America as part of Bawalsa’s recent book, Transnational Palestine: Migration and the Right of Return before 1948. Nadim Bawalsa is a historian of modern Palestine. His work has appeared in Jerusalem Quarterly, the Journal of Palestine Studies, NACLA Report on the Americas, and edited volumes. He earned a Master’s in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in 2010 and a joint doctorate in History and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies from New York University in 2017. In 2019–2020, Bawalsa was awarded a PARC-NEH fellowship in Palestine. He currently serves as Commissioning Editor at Al-Shabaka and as a freelance editor at JerusalemStory.com.
Oct 6, 2022
Iran Erupts in Protest
Negar Mortazavi and Yousef Munayyer discuss the latest protests in Iran after the killing of Mahsa Amini by the Iranian morality police. Mortazavi is an Iranian-American journalist and the host of the Iran Podcast.
Aug 5, 2022
The Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh and the Quest for Accountability
Laila Al-Arian and Yousef Munayyer discuss the response by the White House and US media outlets to Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing. Al-Arian is an American Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist, and executive producer of the Al Jazeera documentary series Fault Lines.
Aug 2, 2022
Where Does Tunisian’s Democratic Experiment Go from Here?
Sarah Yerkes and Yousef Munayyer discuss Kais Saied’s efforts to change Tunisia’s constitution and consolidate his power. Yerkes is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Middle East Program, where her research focuses on Tunisia’s political, economic, and security developments, as well as state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa.
Jun 6, 2022
Boycott and Repression
Julia Bacha and Yousef Munayyer discuss the new film titled "Boycott," which explores the legal challenges faced by Americans who are asked to sign anti-BDS pledges in order to receive work, and the origins of these anti-boycott laws which violate the US Constitution. Bacha is the film's director and a Peabody Award winning filmmaker. She is also the Creative Director at Just Vision.
May 18, 2022
Women at Work in the Arab World
Yara M. Asi and Yousef Munayyer discuss the trends and challenges women experience while seeking employment and at the workplace in Arab countries. Asi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Global Health and Informatics, and a Non-resident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC.
Mar 18, 2022
A Palestinian Critique of Amnesty’s Apartheid Report
Rania Muhareb and Yousef Munayyer discuss the Amnesty International report on Israeli apartheid from a Palestinian point of view. Muhareb is an Irish Research Council and Hardiman PhD Scholar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Munayyer is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC.
Mar 9, 2022
Where Is the War on Yemen Heading?
Maysaa Shuja al Deen and Yousef Munayyer discuss the current status of the war in Yemen, the regional and international dynamics affecting the conflict, and the impact of the Ukraine crisis on it. Shuja al Deen is a senior researcher at the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies. Munayyer is Non-resident Senior Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC.
Mar 2, 2022
Documenting Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: The Amnesty International Report
Sherine Tadros and Yousef Munayyer discuss the Amnesty International report that called for Israeli authorities to be held accountable for committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians. Tadros is the UN Representative and Head of Office for Amnesty International in New York.
Dec 29, 2021
Can the Vienna Talks Bring Back the Iran Deal?
Laura Rozen and Yousef Munayyer discuss the Vienna nuclear talks, how close the parties are to a deal, and what needs to happen to reach one. Rozen is a veteran foreign policy journalist and the editor of the Diplomatic newsletter on Substack. She also serves as a member of Just Security's editorial board.
Dec 8, 2021
Partners in Crime: How Violent Israeli Settlers and the State Work to Take Palestinian Land
Sarit Michaeli and Yousef Munayyer discuss Israeli settler violence against Palestinian villagers under the protection of the IDF. Michaeli is the International Advocacy Officer at B'Tselem.
Oct 6, 2021
Islamism and Revolution across the Middle East
Yousef Munayyer speaks with Khalil al-Anani regarding his new book on Islamism and revolutions in the Middle East. Al-Anani is a Senior Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC and Associate Professor of Political Science at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Doha, Qatar.
Aug 12, 2021
Where Does Tunisia Go from Here?
Laryssa Chomiak and Yousef Munayyer discuss the constitutional crisis in Tunisia which started after Kais Saied sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament. Chomiak is the director of the Centre d’Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT).
Jul 29, 2021
Lebanon in Crisis
Yousef Munayyer and Mona Harb discuss Lebanon's collapsing economy and the oligarchy's control over the country, as well as the lasting effects of the Beirut blast. Harb is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut and a Nonresident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC.
Jun 29, 2021
Understanding Palestine's Latest Uprising
Yousef Munayyer and Diana Buttu discuss the recent Palestinian uprising, which started in Sheikh Jarrah, and its impact on Israeli and American politics. Buttu is a Palestinian lawyer and a former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization.
May 7, 2021
A Coup or Not a Coup, That Is the Question in Jordan
Yousef Munayyer and Jillian Schwedler discuss Jordan's royal family tensions and the current situation in the kingdom. Schwedler is a professor of political science at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center.
Mar 30, 2021
Where Does Algeria Go after the Hirak?
Yousef Munayyer and Dalia Ghanem discuss the Algerian protests that ousted Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the future of democracy in the country. Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria.
Mar 1, 2021
Palestine at the ICC: Pitfalls and Potential
Yousef Munayyer and Noura Erakat discuss the International Criminal Court's ruling allowing it to investigate war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza. Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice.
Feb 23, 2021
A return to the Iran Deal? Not as easy as it seems
Yousef Munayyer and Holly Dagres discuss the Iran nuclear deal and the possibilities of reviving it under the Biden Administration. Holly Dagres is a Non-resident Senior Fellow and IranSource Editor at the Atlantic Council.
Feb 9, 2021
Vaccinations in Israel/Palestine: Inequality in the Fight Against COVID
Yousef Munayyer and Yara Asi discuss how Israel excluded Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from receiving the Coronavirus vaccine. Yara M. Asi is Non-resident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC, and a 2020-2021 Fulbright US Scholar to the West Bank.
Jan 29, 2021
President Biden's Initial Steps toward a Palestine Policy
Yousef Munayyer and Zaha Hassan discuss Biden's Palestine policy and the prospects of returning to a pre-Trump status for US-Palestinian relations. Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and Visiting Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, she was the coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during Palestine’s bid for UN membership
Jan 26, 2021
10 years from Tahrir: How will a Biden Administration Engage Egypt
Yousef Munayyer and Sarah Leah Whitson discuss US-Egypt relations under the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations as well as current human rights conditions in Egypt. Sarah Leah Whitson is the Executive Director of DAWN. Previously, she served as executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division.
Jan 7, 2021
The Biden Administration and Israel/Palestine Policy: What to Expect
Podcast host Yousef Munayyer and guest Lara Friedman discuss the expected Israel/Palestine policy of the incoming Biden Administration and the damage caused by the Trump Administration to Middle East peace. Lara Friedman is the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. She is a leading authority on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular expertise on the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Dec 22, 2020
Israel's Effort to Silence Dissent in the US
Podcast host Yousef Munayyer and guest Diala Shamas discuss the efforts by Israel to silence any criticism of the occupation in the United States and go after BDS activists. Diala Shamas is a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on challenging government and law enforcement abuses perpetrated under the guise of national security.
Nov 3, 2020
The Gulf a Decade after the Arab Spring
Yousef Munayyer and Elham Fakhro discuss democracy and normalization in the Arabian Gulf. As Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Gulf States, Elham Fakhro works on security, conflict, and governance in the Gulf region.
Aug 20, 2020
Anything but Normal: The UAE-Israel Deal
Podcast host Yousef Munayyer and guest Dana El-Kurd unpack the UAE-Israel deal and discuss the prospect of Arab states normalizing relations with Tel Aviv. El-Kurd is an assistant professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.
Aug 6, 2020
Race and the Arab American Community
In the first episode of 5 Questions, podcast host Yousef Munayyer, who is a senior nonresident fellow at ACW, welcomes his first guest, Nadine Naber, to discuss Arab Americans and US race relations. Nadine Naber is a professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the co-founder of Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The discussion addresses issues of race in America, race relations as they relate to the Arab American community, definitions of race and racialization, and the political ramifications of racial structures.