Protestors stand behind burning barricades during clashes with riot police near the Tunisian capital of Tunis in January 2018. Violent protests over price hikes raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring.
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Decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa is supposed to lead to greater public representation in municipal politics. In fact, it is largely strengthening authoritarianism.
Protester mocking President al-Sisi.
Public disaffection in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries betrays deep-seated tensions beneath the surface.
Ahd Kamel stars as the sister of a murdered asylum seeker in Collateral.
Why are Iraqi applicants for asylum in the UK treated so much worse than Syrians?
Syrian refugees arrive to start a new life in Germany.
Refugees hold religious prejudices against each other too – separating them by religion is not the answer.
Protesting the Trump administration’s decision in Bethlehem.
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With a single cut in donations to a UN agency, Donald Trump has abandoned another norm of US foreign policy. The consequences could be disastrous.
People praying on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Wondering why Jerusalem matters so much? A 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service explains what you need to know.
Recent Tunis protests.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.
Syrian refugees on the Jordanian side of the border wait to enter a medical clinic in March 2017.
Employing Syrian refugees is not the same as protecting them.
Malawi is a country that’s particularly vulnerable to the impact of drought and flood.
Understanding the connections between basic food demands and accessibility to water and energy is important when it comes to climate change and its impact on agriculture and livelihoods.
Life is in limbo for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
With the many interconnected conflicts within Syria continuing, and with routes to safety increasingly blocked, what can Syria's 4.8m refugees expect in this ‘new’ year?
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A PhD candidate retells the moving stories of Syrian women, as they try to find a place in their new neighbourhoods.
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The beautiful game has never seemed uglier. But it also can bring joy and togetherness, even to the most desperate.
Living in limbo: children at the Qab Elias Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.
It's not just children who need support to cope, their families and caregivers do, too.
Our collaboration with Point Taken, a new program from WGBH TV continues this week on the topic of Syrian refugees.
Where in the world do you put 4.8 million displaced people?
As part of a collaboration between The Conversation and PBS's Point Taken, a professor from The Ohio State University examines some common misconceptions about Syrian refugees.
Free Syrian Army fighters on their smartphones.
As usage continues to grow in the region, what's the ongoing dynamic between the Middle East and social media? It's complicated.
Syria and IS may have dominated the news this year, but the Middle East has plenty of other problems on its hands.
New horizons. The immense refugee camp at Zaatari in Jordan.
Away from the chaos of Europe's borders, refugees are camped out in vast settlements close to their home countries and where restrictions on entrepreneurship are wasting talent and energy.
Showing loyalty to the King in Amman
Thousands of Jordanians - including the country’s Queen Rania - took to the streets of the capital Amman February 6. They were protesting the burning alive of the Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh…
Civilians in Aleppo: not in the news.
February 2015 has already seen some major developments in Syria’s four-year conflict. At the start of February, rebels launched more than 100 rockets into Damascus and the Assad regime fired mortars on…