Podcasts on Afghanistan and the Middle East

The Taliban is a group that most people haven’t heard off in a number of years. For a majority of us, we did not even know what was going on in Afghanistan, let alone the insurrection. Where did this all start? Well, we’ve scoured the web and found some good podcasts for those who want to dig deeper and learn more on the issue.

1) The Gateway – A Podcast from the Middle East
This is a podcast that discusses all things Middle East, from the Israel-Palestinian conflict to climate change across the Gulf. This is a good podcast to begin your journey in understanding what really happens in the Middle East and how Western nations are involved. If you want to learn more about Afghanistan this is a good start.

2) On the Middle East
This is a podcast owned by Al Monitor, a news website that provides reporting on the Middle East. It has guests from various parts of the region who discuss topics pertinent to the Middle East. You can listen to the episodes to get an idea of how the Taliban works.

3) Middle East Focus
This podcast’s latest episode is titled ‘The Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan.’ If you want to just get a quick summary of the situation, you can listen to that. But if you want to learn more about the Middle East, you should continue listening and go back to past episodes. They discuss topics such as cryptocurrencies in the Middle East, art, and the Arab Spring and its effects.

4) Voices of the Middle East and North Africa
Hosted by Malihe Razazan and Mira Nabulsi, this is a weekly podcast discussing a whole range of topics like culture and politics across the Middle East. If you are interested in news covered by on-the-ground journalists, this is the podcast for you. You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts.

5) Arab Tyrant Manual
Iyad El-Baghdadi and Ahmed Gatnash discuss all things related to authoritarianism and liberty in the Arab Tyrant Manual podcast. This podcast really does well in dissecting authoritarian governments and helping the listener understand how tyrants are able to flourish and ways to overcome them.

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