5 Questions: Unpacking Big Issues
A Podcast by Arab Center Washington DC

Five questions is available on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Anchor.

July 29, 2021
Lebanon in Crisis

Yousef Munayyer and Mona Harb discuss Lebanon’s collapsing economy and the oligarchy’s control over the country, as well as the lasting effects of the Beirut blast. Harb is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut and a Nonresident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC.

June 29, 2021
Understanding Palestine’s Latest Uprising

Yousef Munayyer and Diana Buttu discuss the recent Palestinian uprising, which started in Sheikh Jarrah, and its impact on Israeli and American politics. Buttu is a Palestinian lawyer and a former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization.

May 7, 2021
A Coup or Not a Coup, That Is the Question in Jordan

Yousef Munayyer and Jillian Schwedler discuss Jordan’s royal family tensions and the current situation in the kingdom. Schwedler is a professor of political science at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center.

March 30, 2021
Where Does Algeria Go after the Hirak?

Yousef Munayyer and Dalia Ghanem discuss the Algerian protests that ousted Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the future of democracy in the country. Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria.

March 2, 2021
Palestine at the ICC: Pitfalls and Potential

Yousef Munayyer and Noura Erakat discuss the International Criminal Court’s ruling allowing it to investigate war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza. Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice.

February 23, 2021
A Return to the Iran Deal? Not as Easy as It Seems

Yousef Munayyer and Holly Dagres discuss the Iran nuclear deal and the possibilities of reviving it under the Biden Administration. Holly Dagres is a Non-resident Senior Fellow and IranSource Editor at the Atlantic Council.

February 9, 2021
Vaccinations in Israel/Palestine: Inequality in the Fight against COVID

Yousef Munayyer and Yara Asi discuss how Israel excluded Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from receiving the coronavirus vaccine. Yara M. Asi is Non-resident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC, and a 2020-2021 Fulbright US Scholar to the West Bank.


January 29, 2021
President Biden’s Initial Steps toward a Palestine Policy

Yousef Munayyer and Zaha Hassan discuss Biden’s Palestine policy and the prospects of returning to a pre-Trump status for US-Palestinian relations. Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and Visiting Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, she was the coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during Palestine’s bid for UN membership.


January 26, 2021
10 years from Tahrir: How will a Biden Administration Engage Egypt

Yousef Munayyer and Sarah Leah Whitson discuss US-Egypt relations under the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations as well as current human rights conditions in Egypt. Sarah Leah Whitson is the Executive Director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN). Previously, she served as executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division.


January 7, 2021
The Biden Administration and Israel/Palestine Policy: What to Expect

Podcast host Yousef Munayyer and guest Lara Friedman discuss the expected Israel/Palestine policy of the incoming Biden Administration and the damage caused by the Trump Administration to Middle East peace. Lara Friedman is the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. She is a leading authority on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular expertise on the Arab-Israeli conflict.


December 22, 2020
Israel’s Effort to Silence Dissent in the US

Podcast host Yousef Munayyer and guest Diala Shamas discuss the efforts by Israel to silence any criticism of the occupation in the United States and go after BDS activists. Diala Shamas is a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on challenging government and law enforcement abuses perpetrated under the guise of national security.


November 3, 2020
The Gulf a Decade after the Arab Spring

Yousef Munayyer and Elham Fakhro discuss democracy and normalization in the Arabian Gulf. As Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Gulf States, Elham Fakhro works on security, conflict, and governance in the Gulf region.


August 20, 2020
Anything but Normal: The UAE-Israel Deal

Podcast host Yousef Munayyer and guest Dana El-Kurd unpack the UAE-Israel deal and discuss the prospect of Arab states normalizing relations with Tel Aviv. El-Kurd is an assistant professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.


August 6, 2020
Race and the Arab American Community

In the first episode of 5 Questions, podcast host Yousef Munayyer, who is a senior nonresident fellow at ACW, welcomes his first guest, Nadine Naber, to discuss Arab Americans and US race relations. Nadine Naber is a professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the co-founder of Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The discussion addresses issues of race in America, race relations as they relate to the Arab American community, definitions of race and racialization, and the political ramifications of racial structures.

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