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

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


Episode 5: “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.


Episode 4: “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.


Episode 3: “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.


Episode 2: “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.


Episode 1: “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.