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New Film Shows Lebanese Civil War From a Classroom

1982: Love and Exams in Wartime Lebanon

In moments like Majd’s farewell, Mouaness reminds us that trauma comes later, that the students’ bewilderment at the events unfolding around them may someday be replaced by the pain of unresolved memories.

Yemen’s Great Enabler Departs

Yemen’s Great Enabler Departs

It took years until the Saudis realized that there was a problem with the announced goal of their operation in Yemen to restore the legitimate Hadi government to its place in the capital, Sanaa: Hadi himself had no intention of returning to anywhere in Yemen.

How Close Did Israel Come to Peace with Syria?

How Close Did Israel Come to Peace with Syria?

"Diplomatic objectives must fully reflect the desires and priorities of the president. I took for granted Obama’s commitment to comprehensive peace without the benefit of due diligence — a major error on my part."

An Arab Renaissance in the Age of Print — with Ahmed El Shamsy

An Arab Renaissance in the Age of Print — with Ahmed El Shamsy

In the first of a series of podcasts delving into the big questions of history, Ahmed El Shamsy joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to discuss how the printing press became the engine that powered the Arab Renaissance.

To the ‘People of the Red Sea,’ a Warning and a Hope

To the ‘People of the Red Sea,’ a Warning and a Hope

Maoz Fine, who studies coral reefs, was especially agog about the prospects of peace and better ties between his country and states along the Red Sea shores. When the first fruits of peace arrived, however, Fine and an ad hoc coalition of sundry Israelis found it unpalatable. A deal to bring oil from the UAE to Israel and then to Asia and Europe left many up in arms.

The Shifting Cultural Role of Clothes

The Shifting Cultural Role of Clothes

Every society has its traditional clothing and almost every society has moved radically away from these traditions in recent times. Nevertheless, clothes play a significant cultural role in creating a sense of belonging, unity and collective identity.

At the UN, a Power Game Over Resolutions

At the UN, a Power Game Over Resolutions

The United Nations Security Council is meant to be the place where intractable conflicts can be resolved.As a member of an expert panel reporting to the Security Council on Libya, I saw firsthand how international politicking can make or break the resolutions that matter most — and how great powers prioritize their own ambitions over peace.