Middle East

A man dressed in white stands by the closed door of an airplane.
The World

Historic flight between Israel and the UAE lands in Abu Dhabi

Direct Israel-UAE flight makes historic first. Plus, the US and four English-speaking allies have shared intelligence for decades through an alliance called the “Five Eyes.” Now Japan is lobbying to join in. And, a new report from international crime fighters Interpol has found that illegal plastic dumping has sharply increased in the last two years.

America Abroad

Combating Extremist Ideology Since 9/11

It’s been 17 years since 9/11, and 14 years since the 9/11 Commission released its recommendations on how to prevent future attacks. While much of the focus has been on military solutions, the commission also made recommendations on how to use diplomacy and soft power to prevent the growth of extremist ideology abroad. In this episode, we take a look at those recommendations, and how each administration has worked to implement them.

shukor in space
America Abroad

Islam and the cosmos

While Europe was in the Dark Ages, scientific discovery was blooming in the Islamic world. Now, centuries later, some Muslim countries are making new investments in space exploration.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir
America Abroad

Trump’s approach to the Middle East

As the Trump administration begins ironing out its strategy in the Middle East, America Abroad examines what may lie ahead regarding Israel, Syria, Iran, and the fight against ISIS.

Jordanian lawyer and human rights activist Asma Khader, left, with The World's Shirin Jaafari
Whose Century Is It?

Women’s work

Women around the world face varying degrees of gender discrimination in the workplace — whether they’re hired, how much they’re paid, whether they advance as fast as men doing the same job. In Jordan, where girls and women generally do better than their male counterparts in school, and where more women than men attend college, startlingly few women participate in the workforce. Why? Asma Khader, a Jordanian lawyer, women’s rights activist and former government official, weighs in, in conversation with The World’s Shirin Jaafari.

America Abroad

America’s bond with Israel — its history and its current challenges

“Public Opinion about Israel in America is similar to what physicists say about the universe, it’s expanding and contracting at the same time.” (Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the US)

Town hall recording at WNYC's Greene Space
America Abroad

US foreign policy and the next president: Through the eyes of the world

America Abroad collaborates with The Takeaway for an international town hall in front of live audiences in New York, Berlin and Cairo. A New York-based panel discusses topics including from international trade and the economy, the threat of terrorism and instability in the Middle East, and how the world sees the role of American leadership in international affairs.

Marathon Oil Refinery in Detroit
Whose Century Is It?

Blood Oil: Why what you put in your gas tank may be funding terrorism

Can a full tank of gas be linked to terrorism? It might be, if you connect the dots. Leif Wenar, author of “Blood Oil: Tyranny, Resources & the Rules that Run the World,” explains how it happens, why it affects you, and what you can do about it.

America Abroad

The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East

Film, music and art are often the best ways to capture the will and the mood of the people in times of turmoil. Art sometimes has the power to move millions where politics fails. So in this program we attempt to identify some prominent artistic voices in the Middle East, North Africa and in South Asia and evaluate their take on liberal ideals, on sectarian violence, on terrorism and how they’re being received by audiences in both the Arab and Muslim communities and in the West.