Middle East Turmoil and the Global Refugee Crisis

If the tragic loss of over 70 migrants found dead in the back of a lorry in Austria wasn’t enough to jolt the world into action over the refugee crisis, the horrific photographs of a three-year old Syrian toddler from the border town of Kobane lying lifeless on a Turkish beach surely was.

Aylan Kurdi, his five-year-old brother Ghalib and his mother Rehan perished in the sea with several others when the boat they were in capsized trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. The subsequent graphic pictures of Aylan have been carried by news outlets around the world igniting the debate as to how EU countries should handle the influx of refugees – particularly those from war-torn Syria fleeing the regime or militant groups like ISIL or Jabhat al-Nusra.

Our consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr Harry Hagopian, has been tweeting extensively over the last week from his twitter account about the refugee crisis.

In this podcast, we use Harry’s latest eight-tweet talking points as the framework for September’s extended Middle East Analysis.

We take each tweet and ask a question to further analyse the points made. The timeline below will help you navigate around the podcast.


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