Firstly, this podcast would be more appropriately named "History of the Middle East in the 20th Century" as 90% of the episodes have very indirect relationships to the 2011-present uprisings throughout the region. Second, given the grand scope of this podcast, it tends to take on far too much for it's objectives. Clearly the host is well-researched in this field, which is great. However, the presentation is difficult to follow, as we jump from topic to topic, country to country, and time period to time period, often within the same podcast. There are even some instances in which a topic is broached in one episode and then finished up in another. It's like talking about A, B, and C in one episode, then more on C in the next, along with D and then a parenthetical to A before jumping to E. The information is fine, but the presentation is scattered and lacking. I am not sure how much planning went into the overall structure of this series. I would recommend this only as a complement to written works on this subject or to more professional-based courses like those offered on Great Courses or iTunes University. Overall, I enjoyed the series but think it leaves room for improvement.