First Person

Our Summer in Tunisia

Our Summer in Tunisia

For me, it’s the olfactory sense that first awakens the resurgence of childhood recollections, and the first trip to Tunisia that we took together. I remember the aroma released by a jasmine plant that we had outside the window of our family home.

Je Suis Charlie in East Aleppo

Je Suis Charlie in East Aleppo

I stood in solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo journalists in 2015 from a Syrian rebel stronghold, where the battle for free inquiry met with a war of extermination. The real crisis is clear to me.

In Praise of Working Mothers Under COVID

In Praise of Working Mothers Under COVID

COVID has created a new level of stress for working mothers and highlighted the difference in expectations for men and women.

Michael Weiss
Among Syria’s Revolutionaries

Among Syria’s Revolutionaries

As protests against the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad grew in the early 2010s, the then-US ambassador to Syria. Robert Ford, met with two opposition leaders seeking American support for their causes.

Robert Ford
Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor

Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor

A century after the end of the Ottoman Empire, no successor to Istanbul’s sultan-caliph has emerged

Frederic C. Hof
The Boy on the Bicycle

The Boy on the Bicycle

After the Syrian regime attacked a rebel-controlled part of Damascus with sarin gas in August 2013, I smuggled my way in to report on life in the besieged area

Rasha Elass