Newlines Magazine is a forum 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, with an emphasis on voices that have an intimate relationship with the region, no matter where they are from. We conceived of Newlines as a place where they could convey their impressions of these countries and societies, and where readers could learn about the region with a nuance and depth often lacking in mainstream press coverage.
We interpret “the Middle East” expansively, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. But our remit is not bound by geography, and we feature work from other parts of the world.
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 is in need of rethinking.
As political, territorial, and philosophical “lines” have shifted, so too does the urgency of a new magazine to interrogate them.
Newlines was founded in October 2020 by Hassan Hassan, who serves as its editor in chief. The magazine is an initiative of the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy based in Washington D.C.
Welcome to Newlines.