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Two years after President Obama took the US out of combat in Iraq, he’s authorized airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State. The Kurds have re-taken some small towns, but the threat of genocide against religious minorities still remains. The President says further military assistance will be conditioned on a stable Iraqi government, but in Baghdad, there’s political chaos. How deeply should the US become re-engaged? Can Iraq remain a unified country?

Also, a new Iraqi prime minister is named, and are black, male teenagers “collateral damage” in America’s need to feel safe?

Banner Image: Peshmerga on a T-55-Tank outside Kirkuk in Iraq; Credit: Boris Neihaus

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper

New Iraqi Prime Minister Named, But Maliki Not Leaving 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Our main topic: America’s re-engagement in Iraq, as the Islamic State threatens the stability of that country. The new President of Iraq has nominated Haider al-Abadi as the next prime minister. He’s a rival of the incumbent, Nuri al Maliki. Tim Arango is Chief Correspondent in Baghdad for the New York Times.

Guests:
Tim Arango, New York Times (@tarangoNYT)

Is the U.S. Doubling Down in Iraq? 35 MIN, 2 SEC

In 2011, President Obama withdrew US combat forces, hoping to see the last of American involvement in Iraq. Now, he’s authorized US airstrikes against the expanding forces of the Islamic State. Is the U.S. doubling down in Iraq?

Guests:
Kenneth Pollack, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst)
Zaid Al-Ali, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (@zalali)
Barry Posen, Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@MIT_SSP)
Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute (@mrubin1971)

Why Was Another Unarmed Black Teen Killed by Police Last Weekend? 8 MIN, 29 SEC

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, say 18-year-old Michael Brown pushed an officer into his police car and “assaulted” him there on Saturday afternoon. The officer shot Brown, who was unarmed, multiple times as he ran away from the vehicle. Brown’s death is only the latest in a recent string of officer-involved killings of black teenagers, and the trouble is: “in the minds of many Americans, there’s no longer any difference between a black person and a thug.” Dr. Andre Perry is founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He wrote about the death of Michael Brown on the Washington Post’s website.

Guests:
Andre Perry, Davenport University (@andreperryedu)

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