Middle East

Foreign Policy is Key to Democrats’ Outreach to Arab Americans

Foreign Policy is Key to Democrats’ Outreach to Arab Americans

A popular refrain in the Arab American community during the campaign was that at least Trump didn’t start any wars in the Middle East, unlike Obama. Voters I spoke with pointed to this as a reason for not supporting Democratic candidates both during the primaries and general election.

Remembering a Palestine No Longer There

Remembering a Palestine No Longer There

For many of us, the “Palestine” we have grown attached to is simply not there waiting for us. Just as some Palestinian refugees still cling on to the heavy, rusty keys of homes they were expelled from in 1948, hoping to return some day and find life as they left it, we all adhere to an idea that is just as illusory today.

A Place for LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World?

A Place for LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World?

Governments in the region vary in their disregard for human rights in general — and LGBTQ rights in particular — and they all participate in disseminating homophobia through policies and the persecution of the LGBTQ community.

Fatma Khaled
Israel to Biden: Tehran Can Wait

Israel to Biden: Tehran Can Wait

The U.S. and Iran are set on a course for renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal. While reporting, I found that Israelis see a lot of room to maneuver, particularly in light of Arab countries’ normalization with Israel.

Neri Zilber
The Coming Turkish-Iranian Confrontation

The Coming Turkish-Iranian Confrontation

It is true that at present the Turks and the Iranians are playing nice with each other, but these are ephemeral moments; their respective imperatives will lead them to collide with one another regardless of their subjective preferences.

Kamran Bokhari
Hip Hop Finds Its Groove in North Africa

Hip Hop Finds Its Groove in North Africa

North African rappers and emcees are boldly approaching hip-hop and the larger Arabic music landscape by exploring taboo themes and proactively deconstructing societal markers of North African identity.

Danny Hajjar
In Treatment: Therapy in the Middle East Needs a Non-Western Approach

In Treatment: Therapy in the Middle East Needs a Non-Western Approach

The convention under Western psychology is to treat a client as solely responsible for their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. By contrast, in collectivist societies the “Self” is usually treated in relationship to family members and the community.

Yara El Murr