New Year, Same Problems?

15/01/2013 4:00 pm

Old man on the street in Jerusalem

A very Happy New Year to all our listeners. Before the Christmas break, we deliberately moved away from the politics surrounding various crises - civil war, constitutional wranglings, dissatisfaction with incumbent regimes to name a few -and instead focused on a light Christmas celebration.

In the intervening weeks much has occurred in the region worthy of analysis so on today's Middle East Analysis podcast our MENA consultant Dr Harry Hagopian updates us on the regions trials and tribulations. As we approach the two-year anniversary of the uprising in Syria, will 2013 represent a new dawn or offer a bloodier version of the same story?

Today Harry looks at Syria, instability in Iraq and the recent Holy Land Coordination organised by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

The full podcast can be downloaded/played at the top right-hand corner of this page.

Duration: 22m 32s

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If you have downloaded the podcast and want to pick out a specific subject, here are the timings:

Introduction: Start → 2m 33s

Who defines 'transition' when it comes to Syria: 2m 34s → 12m 20s

Instability in Iraq: 12m 28s → 15m 58s

The 2013 Holy Land Coordination: 15m 59s → 21m 26s


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Related Links

Holy Land Co-ordination Final Communiqué 2013

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MEA 2013 - 1

In this, the first 'Middle East Analysis' of 2013, our consultant on the MENA region, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at the year ahead covering Syria, Iraq and a review of the Bishops' meeting in the Holy Land - the Holy Land Coordination.   MEA-2013-1.mp3 10.20 MB