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.
After recent attacks on Saudi Shiites by jihadis returning home from the war in Syria, Paul Aarts asks whether Islamic State’s sectarian war might spill over into Saudi Arabia.
Thirty years since the Ethiopian famine, Suzanne Franks reflects on the significance of the news event that followed.
Michael Gunter and Nahro Zagros explain the origins of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), how they have ruthlessly explored the weaknesses of the Syrian and Iraqi states, and why they are proving so difficult to challenge.
New plans threaten to turn Kala Ghoda, Mumbai’s arts district, into a Times Square-style tourist mecca, but the arts community are unlikely to give up their slice of the city.
Christopher Davidson looks beyond the headlines to ask: what are the broader implications of the attack on Kobane?
Islamic State’s extreme violence cannot be explained away as ‘socially determined’ behaviour. Part of the motivation is the allure of killing itself, writes Simon Cottee.
Turkey is notably reluctant to join a military campaign against ISIS. In fact, Ankara’s ambiguity towards the radical Islamist group has deep political as well as historical roots.
How Islamic pop music, a once peripheral art form, has become domesticated, mainstream and ‘moderate’.
The UN peacekeeping system allows Western states to harness the armies of the Global South as a force multiplier, writes Philip Cunliffe.