In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s Judah Grunstein and Frederick Deknatel discuss Africa’s presidents for life, U.S. ties with the Arab world, and political stagnation in Indonesia. For the Report, Vish Sakthivel talks with Peter Dörrie about the end of the Bouteflika era in Algeria.
Middle East & North Africa
The U.S. has a major stake in the outcome of the battle for Mosul. U.S. military support was vital to rejuvenating Iraq’s security forces, and over 5,000 U.S. troops are supporting the offensive. Mosul will help determine whether Barack Obama’s approach to counter-extremism becomes a model or a warning.