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The camel corps at Beersheba

Gaza’s strategic position—the key to controlling access to Sinai, to Palestine and the wider Middle East—has made it an enviable prize for thousands of years. Jean-Pierre Filiu explains why during the First World War the British and Ottoman Empires fought so hard to control it.

Damaged buildings in Gaza
30.07.14 | Jean-Pierre Filiu
On Gaza and the Historiography of Palestine

Jean-Pierre Filiu, author of ‘Gaza: A History’, discusses the centrality of Gaza to the broader history of Palestine and the difficulties faced when trying to excavate it.

29.07.14 | Robin Yassin-Kassab
Ten Things to Remember About Syria

As coverage of Syria turns evermore towards trauma and destruction, this list tends towards the positive focussing on those aspects of Syria that can’t be destroyed by war.

Turkish troops follow a standard bearer carrying the Turkish flag across a muddy field, circa 1917. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen considers the lasting impact of the First World War on the Middle East

21.07.14 | Menachem Klein
Lives in Common

Conflict did not always rule people’s minds and hearts and it did not shape Jewish–Arab relations from the start.

24.10.13 | Matthew Carr
Lampedusa: Europe’s Migrant Graveyard

Matthew Carr describes the impact of Europe’s migrant tragedy on the island that Italians once called l’isola bella – the beautiful island.


As India’s election season gets into full swing, the idea of creating new states has once again appeared front and centre.


An interview with David Kilcullen on the future of guerrilla warfare.


The United States serves as the archetype of all New World countries, founded as it was on self-conscious ideas instead of the principle of inheritance that to this day undergirds so many European nations.


Sarah LeFanu, author of ‘S is for Samora’, on Nelson Mandela and Samora Machel

08.07.13 | Jamie Gilham
Islamophobia in Victorian Britain

The manifestations of Islamophobia evident after the gruesome murder of Lee Rigby were also apparent in Victorian Britain.


Delwar Hussain on Rana Plaza and the price of neoliberal development policy in Bangladesh