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Media Roundtable: The key players in the Middle East conflicts & US policy in the region

Above: Correspondent Martin Smith goes inside Syria to report from government-controlled areas as war rages and the refugee crisis continues. This photo of Old Homs shows the devastation of the civil war and the Assad regime’s siege.";

On this week’s weekly media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Saudi Arabia -- its ties with the US, its tensions with Iran, and its war in Yemen -- with veteran FRONTLINE correspondent and producer Martin Smith. We will also talk with the Guardian’s Martin Chulov about developments in Syria, including divisions in the Trump Administration over the President's call to pull American troops out "very soon." 


Martin Chulov, award winning journalist covering the Middle East for the Guardian

Martin Smith, award winning FRONTLINE correspondent and producer

Web Resources:

FRONTLINE: Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia

The Guardian: Anti-Isis alliance in doubt after Trump vow to pull US troops from Syria

The Guardian: Syrian rebels and families begin exile from besieged Ghouta

Foreign Policy: Assad’s Divide and Conquer Strategy Is Working

CJR: Saudi Arabia coverage confronts its own ‘heartland’ problem

Lindsey Hilsum, New York Review of Books: The Smartphone War