Middle East

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 29, 2019 Show 689 Hour 1

Over the weekend ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was located and targeted in a U.S. Special Forces raid. What changes for ISIS? How does al-Baghdadi's death affect the region?

Tim Schorn, director of International Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, visits about the big picture, including U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 12, 2018 Show 420 Hour 2

It's a Middle Eastern country that blends tradition and modernization and defies stereotypes.

Linda Pappas Funsch, a professor at Frederick Community College in Maryland, is a specialist in modern Middle East studies and Islamic history. 

She lectures about Oman, an Arab country in Western Asia at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the SDSU Alumni Center in Brookings. Her presentation is titled "Oman's Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East." 


In The Moment ... April 11, 2017 Show 069 Hour 1

Dan O’Brien and his wife, Jill, created Wild Idea Buffalo Company in 1997 with the mission of preserving the Great Plains by returning buffalo to their native habitat. O’Brien is the author of novels and memoirs, including “Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch.” He speaks at Augustana University tonight in Sioux Falls. His presentation is “Buffalo, Baby Boomers and Beyond: Toward a More Sustainable Use of North American Grasslands.”

Dakota Midday: Anticipating Trump Presidency

Nov 9, 2016

Will President-elect Donald Trump be able to bring Americans together? How will foreign policy change in a Trump administration?

Tim Schorn, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Sara Lampert, assistant professor of History and coordinator of the women, gender and sexuality program at USD, discuss the road that brought Trump to his win over Hillary Clinton and how they expect he'll govern.

Robin Shulman

Freelance journalist Robin Shulman of New York City comes to South Dakota State University for the Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting visit. Her lecture is called "In Canada, People Like You & Me Can Sponsor Syrian Refugees. Here's What Happens." Shulman talks about her work covering immigration, poverty, urban policy, and other issues in U.S. cities, the Middle East and other parts of the world.


Marc Lynch, author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, presented "Making Sense of the New Arab Wars" during the SD Festival of Books. Lynch's narrative of a vital region's collapse is both wildly dramatic, and shows that the regions upheavals have only just begun. Lynch visited with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh before his Festival of Books appearance in Brookings.

Dakota Midday: Matthew VanDyke

Aug 18, 2015

Nine years ago Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and a video camera and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East. During the trip he struck up a friendship with a Libyan man named Nuri. When revolution broke out in his new friend’s country, VanDyke joined the rebel fighters and documented the war against Muammar el-Qadaffi. He had a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. He was captured by Qadaffi’s forces and spent more than five months in solitary confinement.

A Sioux Falls National Guard unit is preparing to serve overseas. It’s part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldiers with the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are set to deploy to Kuwait next February, and they are already training for the mission.

Thirty-nine South Dakota Army National Guard members are preparing for a tour in the Middle East. The soldiers are spending the next year training for the deployment. Before they leave for Kuwait, Major Anthony Deiss says Guard members will spend a few weeks at Fort Bliss in Texas for more specific training.

University of Minnesota Duluth

This past Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist. The killing set off a chain of events sparking World War I.In commentary published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thomas Hanson argues that the legacies and implications of 1914 are woven into the crises we face today - from the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia and all the way to rural Midwest farm country.

Listen For Life's Middle Grounds

Nov 14, 2013

Israeli born Ronit Widmann-Levy performs Saturday night with Listen For Life's Middle Grounds at the Matthews Opera House.  The project is a group of international musicians championing peace and unity through music.  It brings together five acclaimed artists from the conflict countries of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Syria.  They are bound by a belief that these countries share a heritage that transcends political, religious and geographic boundaries.  The Middle Grounds musicians' artistic repertoire includes Middle Eastern instruments like the oud, santur, rahaba and variati

Israeli Midwest Consul General In Sioux Falls

Aug 22, 2013

Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, is visiting South Dakota this week to discuss issues related to the United States' relationship with Israel, including peace talks with the Palestinians and the unrest in Egypt.  As Israel's highest ranking official in the Midwest, Gilad is responsible for 11 states in the region.  He's based out of Chicago.  He joined Dakota Midday from South Dakota Public Broadcasting's studios in Sioux Falls.

USD Farber Series Speaker

Apr 24, 2013

Thomas E. Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Programs, the Senior Officer for Global Engagement, and Director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is this year's Farber Speaker Series at the University of South Dakota Wednesday.  Gouttierre has extensive knowledge of Afghanistan and Pakistan and has worked for the U.N. Special Mission to Afghanistan in 1996-97 among other notable accomplishments.

Ten Years In Iraq

Mar 21, 2013

Ten years ago American and coalition forces began operations in Iraq.  Dr. Tim Schorn, associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota, talked about the events leading up to the Iraq war and the war's legacy.

Reese Erlich To Speak In South Dakota

Feb 26, 2013

Best-selling author and veteran journalist Reese Erlich will speak at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Wednesday afternoon.  There, he'll share his travels to the mineral rich areas of the Middle East and discuss why mining professionals must understand the politics and conflicts in the region.  Thursday, Erlich's presentation at Black Hills State University is "Who Won the Iraq War?"  Both events are free to attend.  Visit Erlich's website at www.reeseerlich.com.

Understanding Muslim Societies

Sep 25, 2012

Marc Lynch, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Washington University, is one of the world's leading experts on Middle Eastern studies and societies.  Lynch publishes frequently about the politics of the Middle East and was one of the first to anticipate the impact of new social media on Arab politics.  He'll deliver the speech, "Understanding Muslim Societies," at the South Dakota State University McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center Thursday at 7 p.m.