Politics

An aerial view over Tehran.
Interview with Khajehpour about protests in Iran

Iran is currently experiencing the largest wave of upheaval since the Green Movement in 2009. We asked Iran analyst Dr. Bijan Khajehpour why people are taking their anger to the streets and how European policy makers should tackle the crisis

The so-called Islamic State has lost the major part of its former territories.
The Islamic State Is In Flux

The Islamic State is militarily on its knees. But it is striving for an ideological relaunch. 

A fighter of the YPG doing a backflip from a vehicle.
Life in Rojava

In northern Syria, the PYD, an offshoot of the PKK, is propagating nothing less than the construction of a new society – and not only for the Kurds. But will this brand of democratic confederalism work in practice?

Yemeni Soldiers. The war in Yemen is seen by some as a war between Saudi Arabia and proxies of Iran.
The Sparring of Iran and Saudi Arabia

Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting for supremacy in the Middle East. At least most European media outlets constitute this narrative. But is this really the true situation?

Transitional Justice in Tunisia

Signs that Tunisia’s political elites want to abandon its transitional justice process is leading some to rue a missed chance for the truth-telling and reform the country bitterly needs.

Members of the Popular Mobilisation Forces marching in Iraq, November 2016.
Jihadism vs Muqawamism

The ideology of resistance is a distinct feature of powerful armed groups in the Middle East. It is time to introduce a new concept and, probably, a new term.

Since the summer of 2016, Libya has become the number one transit country for illegal migration into Europe. Here, a group of migrants who have been rescued by a MSF vessel.
Interview with Wolfram Lacher

European governments are accused of complicity in human rights violations in Libya. Their actions are also reducing the country's chances for political stability, believes Wolfram Lacher of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador, on the US television show Morning Joe in 2014.
Ambassador of Charm

Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States, has rewritten the playbook on Middle East diplomacy in Washington.