Iran

Middle Eastern Culture and Food Lab in Berlin

Making visible the many aspects of Middle Eastern culture that are often relegated to the background: this is the mantra of Sahar and Forough Sodoudi, twin sisters from Iran. A visit to ‘Dr&Dr’ - a food lab, political and cultural project.

Middle Eastern food
The new Iran-China Deal
The new Iran-China Deal

Iran and China seek to deepen their ties. A move that flaunts the two countries’ willingness to back each other against the US pressure. Looking closer, a long-term overarching relation might be much harder to establish.

Interview with Syria expert Bassma Kodmani
Interview with Syria expert Bassma Kodmani

Syria expert Bassma Kodmani explains the recent conflict between Assad and his cousin Makhlouf – and calls on Europe to take advantage of Russia’s discontent with the Syrian regime.

Corona in der Türkei und Iran
Iran and Turkey and the Corona Pandemic

Semi-authoritarian regimes throughout the Middle East are looking for ways to combine the fight against coronavirus, populism and crisis management – and to weaken their opponents. To that end, Iran and Turkey are treading a similar path.

Shia Muslims and the spread of Corona
Shia Muslims and the spread of Corona

The spread of coronavirus has shone light on the various alliances and conflicts throughout the region, but the unfolding pandemic seems only to be deepening divisions rather than healing them.