Introducing New Lines

New Lines is a magazine for the best ideas and writing about the Middle East and beyond. We specialize in long-form essays, including reportage, arguments and memoirs, which bring together politics, culture and history.

The Middle East is central to our focus but as a global affairs magazine we go beyond it, covering topics from Washington to Baghdad to Hong Kong. To us, the two parts of our tagline “The Middle East and beyond” are equally important.

In the context of the Middle East, we consider the popular uprisings of 2011 and their turbulent aftermath to be pivotal points of modern history. In the decade since, we have witnessed extraordinary feats of human courage, dashed revolutionary hopes, genocide, war and the largest refugees crisis since World War II. As such, we believe that much of the hoary or conventional wisdom about the Middle East and the wider world is in need of rethinking.

As political, territorial and philosophical “lines” have shifted in the region and in various parts of the world, so too does the urgency of a new magazine to interrogate them.

Welcome to New Lines.

The magazine started as an initiative of the New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy in October 2020. Both sister organizations are based in Washington D.C. The publication was founded by Hassan Hassan, who serves as its editor in chief.