Episode

3/7 Steven A. Cook on Turkey and the Syrian Ceasefire and Matt Binder on CPAC

March 7, 2016

On today’s show, we’re joined first by Steven A. Cook (@stevenacook) to talk the Syrian ceasefire. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East & Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. (11:15)

An update from Erdogan’s Turkey and the Turkish turn to authoritarianism and the crackdown on press freedom. What is becoming of Turkish middle-class identity How Erdogan plays on the patrimonial currents in Turkey. The centralization of power under Erdogan. The EU summit on the migrant crisis and the current European conversation regarding Turkey. An overview of Turkish foreign policy. How Erdogan is like Trump. The Kurds and the ceasefire in Syria. Taking on ISIS and Assad simultaneously.

Then, Matt “Old Matt” Binder (@mattbinder) will phone in to give us a report of his time at CPAC. How normal everyday conservatives are actually quite nice! The accessibility of conservative public figures at CPAC. The conservative desire to participate in Hollywood. The conservative book publishing industry. How everyone hates Mitt Romney. (45:00)

And on the Fun Half – Dinesh D’Souza is making crazy statements publicly again because he has a movie. Does rap culture make Chicago violent? Alex Jones on Marco’s obsession with Trump’s package.

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