Middle East

An Enduring Tension: Turkey Caught in the Middle

An Enduring Tension: Turkey Caught in the Middle

The violent dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in World War I created a complex and enduring relationship between Turkish attitudes toward the Arab world and Turkish attitudes toward Europe.

Justice and Punishment in the Middle East

Justice and Punishment in the Middle East

In a wide-ranging podcast with Newlines’ Kareem Shaheen, David Kaye, who served as the U.N. special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression discusses justice and accountability for crimes in the Middle East.

Afghanistan down, Syria next?

Afghanistan down, Syria next?

If the evacuation of Afghanistan tested U.S. partnerships in ways that revealed something short of solidarity, building and sustaining an allied strategy for political transition in Syria can provide the corrective.

Frederic C. Hof
Israelis Watch Afghanistan and Remember Lebanon

Israelis Watch Afghanistan and Remember Lebanon

While Israel isn’t the U.S., and Lebanon isn’t Afghanistan, the common themes that run through both sets of wars are jarring, especially in the way a Western democracy tries to end a military campaign and how it manages (or not) the fate of local allies who fought alongside it.

Neri Zilber
Covering War from Home

Covering War from Home

My mom always tells me not to go to war zones because she’s afraid of losing me. I would never tell my parents when I entered a war zone, so they wouldn’t worry. But this summer when I returned to Palestine to photograph the war, she was pleased. “It’s OK,” she said, because I am next to you!” It’s funny how moms think.

Ahmed Deeb
Is Israel’s ‘Government of Change’ More of the Same?

Is Israel’s ‘Government of Change’ More of the Same?

Israel’s so-called government of change pledged to avoid controversial issues to ensure that the coalition remains afloat. But Israel’s settlement lobby has settled deeper and more irrevocably into the heart of power.

Jonathan Shamir
How Israel’s Occupation Came Home

How Israel’s Occupation Came Home

While the attacks carried out by Palestinian citizens of Israel were extensive and deadly, the overwhelming focus on that violence prevented the emergence of a much-needed debate within Israel about its growing problem of Jewish radicalization.

Elizabeth Tsurkov