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World on Fire, Part 1: The Houthis, Israel's Impossible War, and Worsening Middle East Chaos

World on Fire, Part 1: The Houthis, Israel's Impossible War, and Worsening Middle East Chaos

Update: 2024-01-123
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The chaos in the Middle East is getting worse. It’s not just in Gaza. It’s not the spasms of violence in the West Bank. It’s not just the northern border with Lebanon, where Israel is braced for the possibility of a new war. It’s not the Houthis in Yemen, disrupting Red Sea trade. It's not just Iran urging on these groups. It's all of it, all at once. Natan Sachs, director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, joins to break this all down and offer several big-picture explanations for why so many long-standing problems in the Middle East are getting worse at the same time.

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Host: Derek Thompson

Guest: Natan Sachs

Producer: Devon Baroldi

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World on Fire, Part 1: The Houthis, Israel's Impossible War, and Worsening Middle East Chaos

World on Fire, Part 1: The Houthis, Israel's Impossible War, and Worsening Middle East Chaos

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