Alon Ben-Meir is an extraordinary figure, born in Baghdad in 1937. He is a professor of international relations at New York University. He has long been involved in international negotiations. He knows the Middle East intimately. In this conversation, he and Jay cover a good part of the waterfront (not that there’s much water in the Middle East): Turkey, Syria, the Yazidis, the Arab-Israeli conflict, etc. The conversation is also personal, about Ben-Meir’s life. He has lived in many places and speaks several languages. Does he feel at home everywhere – or nowhere? No one will agree with every word he says, but all can learn from this immensely learned, thoughtful, and experienced man.

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  1. Henry Castaigne Member

    I wish Ben-Meir would talk to regular Trump voters. 

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    • December 14, 2019, at 7:43 PM PST
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  2. Chris Gregerson Member
    Chris Gregerson Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m a regular Trump voter. I would like Mr. Ben-Meir to tell me which of the first world countries in which he has lived allow unfettered immigration. I suspect the answer is none, though Sweden has gone down this path it seems.

    We have about 1.25M legal immigrants annually and have had that number since the mid-60’s. So we do “our part” in the diversity contest. My complaint with illegal immigration is we have no chance to do any selection of who our neighbors will be. We are short skilled labor which is not being met by the illegal immigrant pool. 

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    • December 16, 2019, at 8:56 AM PST
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