Politics

Interview with Elyakim Rubinstein on the Camp David Accords

In 1978, Eljakim Rubinstein was a member of the Israeli delegation at Camp David when Sadat and Begin made peace. 40 years later, the former diplomat is still impressed by the willingness to compromise – and the last-minute efforts to save the deal.

Interview with Elyakim Rubinstein on the Camp David Accords
Interview on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar
Interview on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

Hans-Bernd Zöllner, one of the leading researchers on Myanmar, warns that a lack of knowledge stands in the way of real progress in the Rohingya crisis. And he explains how to make sense of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s conflicting role.

Frescoes in the Syrian monastery Deir Mar Musa
Christianity and Freedom of Religion in the Middle East

Many countries in the Middle East allegedly guarantee freedom of religion as a constitutional right. In practice, this freedom is often nothing but illusory, as politicians simply override the judiciary.

A technocrat with an unorthodox streak - Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi
New Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi

Branded as a compromise candidate, Iraq’s new Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has made a bold entrance, issuing a number of unorthodox policy proposals. But will his nomination trigger a sustained momentum before the euphory fades away?

Gilles Kepel and the Middle East
Gilles Kepel and the Middle east

Gilles Kepel’s latest book on ‘getting out of the chaos’ in the Middle East can be read as an account of the interplay of authoritarian rule and Islamist mobilisation. Or as a critical appraisal of Kepel’s own intellectual journey.

‘The Americans fear it’s Saigon all over again’
Interview on Afghanistan and the Taliban with Anatol Lieven

Peace on the ground and a government on the brink of collapse: Veteran Afghanistan specialist Anatol Lieven makes sense of the conflicting news from Afghanistan–and sheds light on what the Taliban are really up to.