The Pivot is a global affairs podcast by Globely News on the leaders, states, networks, ideologies, and technologies that are reshaping the world order.

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Season 2, Episode 5 —  Arab Americans of Metro Detroit: A Long Journey From the Margins to Political Power

Episode Description: University of Michigan-Dearborn Professor Sally Howell joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss the history of the Arab Americans of Detroit and Dearborn and their rise as a force that is not only reshaping the political landscape in Michigan but could also play a decisive role in choosing the next president of the United States.


  • Sally Howell, History Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Season 2, Episode 4 —  Saudi Arabia: How the Gaza War Impacts MBS’s Plans to Transform the Region

Episode Description: Rice University scholar Kristian Ulrichsen joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss how the October 7 attacks by Hamas have impacted Saudi Arabia’s moves toward normalizing ties with Israel, its relations with Iran, and plans by its de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to transform the country’s economy and society through Vision 2030.


  • Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, @Dr_Ulrichsen, Fellow, Baker Institute, Rice University

Season 2, Episode 3 —  Hamas: Between Politics and War

Episode Description: King’s College London Professor Jeroen Gunning joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss Hamas’s ideology, internal struggles between pragmatists and hardliners, competition with other Palestinian groups, and use of violence against Israel.


  • Jeroen Gunning (@GunningJeroen), Professor of Middle Eastern Politics and Conflict Studies, King’s College London

Season 2, Episode 2 —  Netanyahu’s Wars

Episode Description: International Crisis Group Mairav Zonszein joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss the mood on the ground in Israel after the October 7 attacks by Hamas, how it may shape Netanyahu’s decision-making, and what the ongoing crisis means for the future of his government, his legacy, the fate of the Israeli state, and the question of Israeli-Palestinian peace.


  • Mairav Zonszein (@MairavZ), Senior Israel-Palestine Analyst, International Crisis Group

Season 2, Episode 1 —  The Palestinian Question: Past, Present and Future

Episode Description: Middle East Institute senior fellow Khaled Elgindy joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the potential Israeli ground invasion, and the visit of President Joe Biden. The conversation wraps up with an assessment of the future of the Palestinian national movement.


  • Khaled Elgindy (@elgindy_), senior fellow, Middle East Institute and former advisor to Palestinian peace negotiators.

Season 1, Episode 3 —  Narendra Modi’s Dark Vision of a New India

Episode Description: As India’s election results are set to be announced, we take a deep dive into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a “New India” and the danger it poses to Muslims and other minorities, free speech, and academic inquiry in India.


Season 1, Episode 2 —  Can Imran Khan Build a ‘New Pakistan’?

Episode Description: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to build a “New Pakistan.” In a time of austerity, he must somehow fuel economic growth and human development, with meager resources. Is he up to the task?


  • Mosharraf Zaidi, Columnist, The News
  • Salman Masood, Pakistan Correspondent, The New York Times

Season 1, Episode 1 — The Rise of White Nationalism and Transnational Islamophobia

Episode Description: Shared animosity toward Muslims has produced a transnational alliance of convenience between white nationalists, Hindutva extremists, and hardline supporters of Israel.


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