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24.03.15 | Bente Scheller
Forget Assad

If you cannot overthrow the tyrant, co-operate with him. After four disastrous years in Syria this seems to be the conclusion the international community has arrived at.

The Three-pronged strategy of the establishment againt Mohajirs and Muttahida Qaumi Movement
18.03.15 | Laurent Gayer
Karachi: Operation MQM?

On 11 March 2015, hooded paramilitaries raided ‘Nine Zero’, the headquarters of Karachi’s largest political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).


Does technology kill distance? So often we hear it. The cumulative message of our news cycle, of debate about foreign and defence policy, is the fear that the global spread of ideas, capital, weapons and people makes our world ever more dangerous.

Rana Plaza, Dhaka, Bangladesh
09.03.15 | Jeremy Seabrook
Dhaka – A Temporary Settlement

The death of more than 1,100 people in the building collapse on the edge of Dhaka in April 2013 was a story of such appalling contempt for human life that it must rank among the most callous in the brutal history of industrialism.


Brian McQuinn debunks three common myths that surround the aftermath of the Libyan Revolution.

13.01.15 | Madurika Rasaratnam
Reality Check: Sri Lanka’s New Government

A change of government in Sri Lanka has raised hopes of steps towards a meaningful resolution for the country’s Tamils. Madurika Rasaratnam argues that international pressure might hold the key.

12.01.15 | Jim Wolfreys
The Republic of Islamophobia

The persistent targeting of Muslims is preventing the effective management of diversity in French society.

Hezbollah Signage in Baalbek, Lebanon

Hizbullah’s armed involvement in the Syrian conflict since mid-2013 took a new twist this week with reports that Israeli warplanes had bombed targets in territory held by the Syrian government near Damascus on 7 December 2014


SWAPO presidential candidate Hage Geingob won Namibia’s recent general election with a landslide 86 per cent of the vote. But is the country on the verge of becoming a one-man democracy?


Sultan Qaboos’ visit to Germany for medical reasons in July 2014 has revived concerns across Omani society for the future of the country without the ‘father of the nation.’

Saudi Flag
28.11.14 | Madawi Al-Rasheed
The Shared History of Saudi Arabia and ISIS

The participation of young Saudis in the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts is neither surprising nor an historical accident, writes Madawi Al-Rasheed.

Turkish troops follow a standard bearer carrying the Turkish flag across a muddy field, circa 1917. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
21.11.14 | Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
1914: The Battle for Basra

With one-third of Iraq under the control of an Islamic State bent on redrawing the map of the modern Middle East, the legacy of decisions made during and immediately after the First World War continue to cast their long shadow over the region.