In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss reform in Argentina, Mozambique’s debt crisis, and protests in Kazakhstan. For the Report, Denise Natali joins us to talk about how the Syrian war has impacted the country’s Kurds.
Middle East & North Africa
On Thursday, the founder of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party announced that the party would “leave political Islam behind” and separate its political and religious activities. But the move shouldn’t be overblown. Rather, it reflects the party’s pragmatic approach to Tunisia’s political transition.
For all its current intractability, the war in Syria, like all wars, will one day come to an end. In pondering over what the Middle East will look like when that day comes, it is worth considering how the war will have changed Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militia and political organization.