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This edition: The Great Divide: Sunni vs Shia

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From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi'i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it?

Amb. Robert Ford, Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria
Shadi Hamid, Author, Temptations of Power
Amb. Barbara Bodine, Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen
William Luers, The Iran Project
Deborah Amos, International Correspondent, NPR
Carla Robbins, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Amb. Frank Wisner, Former U.S. Ambassador
Amb. John Hirsch, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, SIPA
Geneive Abdo, Fellow, Stimson Center
Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Amb. Chas. Freeman, Retired from U.S. Foreign Service
Mohamad Bazzi, Associate Professor of Journalism, Council on Foreign Relations
Frederic Hof, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Kai Bird, Author, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Thomas Pickering, Former Under Secretary of State, Political Affairs
Fen Osler-Hampson, Director of Global Security & Politics Program, CIGI