Podcast episodes for the first and second presidential debates are up. My thoughts are mostly confined to the national security elements and fairly reserved. That’s more of a reflection on my weariness with the non-stop insanity of the election than my true outrage. If I gave in to that rant you’d have to sit through a multi-hour unintelligible tirade and I think we’ve all had enough of that.
I’ve been quietly working on a number of changes to the podcast format to introduce some new segments. This will bring some variety to the show and allow for a more modular production setup. You can hear some of these elements in episode 62. I’m trying to get to a point where I can release at least one episode per week on a regular schedule while releasing a second (or more) as time allows.
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The author of this post is a friend and analyst who holds a master’s degree in international relations with a focus on conflict resolution in the Middle East. She has interests in the intersection of American and Muslim cultures and that, as you will read, is territory she personally occupies. Navigating this space can be challenging but she is finding her way and, through her work, making important contributions that I can’t detail here. – John
This piece is dedicated to Muslim women, specifically those in their adolescent years, faced with a multitude of obstacles and imposed familial and socio-religious restrictions in their journey to achieve their dreams. The inspiration for this post came to me after reading “Excellent Daughters” by Katherine Zoepf. The book highlighted the challenges faced by Muslim women in the Middle East. I wanted to supplement what I read with my personal struggle, my jihad, that I faced as a hybrid Muslim raised between two countries: the United States and Egypt.
Regular Blogs of War and Covert Contact contributor William Tucker joined me on Covert Contact Sunday evening to dig into the 2016 election insanity from a counterintelligence perspective.
Amanda Sperber in Ethiopia
In episode 55 Amanda Sperber joins me to discuss her work as a journalist in East Africa. Amanda has covered the region for Foreign Policy, VICE News, Al Jazeera English, and others. We discuss the challenges inherent in covering a largely overlooked, and sometimes dangerous, part of the world.