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Episode 334 – Shifting Sands: Exploring Middle East Geopolitics

If there’s a place on Earth where geopolitics not only makes for engaging conversation around the dinner table but is an everyday concern for every citizen, it’s the Middle East. Today, we’ll dive into the captivating realm of Middle East geopolitics, where history is being reshaped by intricate negotiations. Israel and Saudi Arabia, former foes, now pursue historic peace, yet shadows loom as nuclear reactors emerge on Saudi soil. Amidst Lebanon’s fragility, Hezbollah’s audacious dance with Israel adds even more tension. As Iran navigates behind the scenes, orchestrating both regional turmoil and negotiations with President Biden for a pivotal nuclear deal, the region hangs in a delicate balance.

To shed light on these complex dynamics and the broader forces at play, we are honored to have Dr. Raphael BenLevi with us today. A distinguished authority in international relations and political science, Dr. BenLevi serves as the director of the Churchill Program for Strategy, Statecraft, and Security at the Argaman Institute, and is a research fellow at The Misgav Institute for National Security & Zionist Strategy. Drawing from an extensive background in IDF Intelligence and affiliations with esteemed institutions such as Georgetown University, he brings profound insights to the intricate tapestry of Middle Eastern geopolitics. Notably, his contributions extend to his upcoming book titles “Cultures of Counterproliferation – the making of US and Israeli Policy on the Iranian Nuclear Program” With a scholarly journey culminating in a PhD from Bar-Ilan University, an MA from Reichman University (IDC Herzliya), and a B.Sc. from the Technion, Dr. BenLevi’s expertise serves as a guiding beacon in our pursuit of understanding these critical dynamics.