Dr. Timothy Furnish, a scholar of Islamic history, discusses his new book Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate: Ten Years of Observations on Islam, and he explains why the goals of the Islamic State are a return to the values of Muslim states prior to the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
RUSSIA’S INTERVENTION in Syria has really complicated things. Vladimir Putin, in one move, has apparently boxed out the nations trying to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Doug Woodward joins us to discuss his new essay, “Pick Your Poison: The U.S. Can’t Win in Syria“.
THE RECENT announcement of an agreement between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to cooperate in supporting the rebels in Syria is an important development. Cliff Garner, who spent several years in Turkey teaching English as a second language, shares his insights into the political maneuvering of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.