After a high point in 2011, it looked like a global wave of protest had crested. But another one is surging.
Life on the margins: a Syrian refugee on the streets of Beirut.
Anti-refugee sentiment is growing in Beirut.
The Lebanese government banned Wonder Woman just hours before its scheduled domestic release.
Why haven't feminists noted that the film is too Western and too white?
Lebanon’s political situation is already a delicate balance. Poverty, distress and increasing numbers of refugees could exacerbate existing tensions and lead to collapse.
The country's religion-based power-sharing political system is straining to accommodate hundreds of thousands of new Syrian Sunnis.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
A former US diplomat explains why some programs may make sense to cut, while others are crucial to America's moral standing.
Armée libanaise, Beirut, 1982.
Civil servants stand as forgotten actors of the Lebanon civil war, a historical case that has not been reproduced in more recent conflicts.
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?
Hassan Ammar/Press Association Images
A PhD candidate retells the moving stories of Syrian women, as they try to find a place in their new neighbourhoods.
Girls are at greater risk of early marriage in refugee camps where their parents are unable to provided the necessary support.
Rates of child marriage increase among refugee communities, where rates of sexual violence are high and opportunities for families low.
We know how to prevent gender-based violence, and that we must respond to survivors' needs. The challenge is in making it happen.
At QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre we are about to complete ARC-funded research on the state of the Australian political news media. A key finding of the work has been the nearly complete withdrawal…
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.
Lebanon is host to well over 1m Syrian refugees, and their situation is getting ever more desperate.
Despite a series of EU laws on waste management, some countries are still a bit rubbish.
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.
Australia cannot solve the global refugee crisis by looking at refugees as part of the overall terror threat.
A 'draft' cabinet document suggests the idea that refugees are a potential source of terrorism and radicalisation will soon shape Australia’s humanitarian resettlement policy.
Syria and IS may have dominated the news this year, but the Middle East has plenty of other problems on its hands.
Recent years in Lebanon have been marked by protests against corruption and ineffective governance.
Syria’s demographics are markedly different to Lebanon’s. A power-sharing arrangement would be more difficult to design.
In Egypt, the Great Pyramid was illuminated with the French, Russian and Lebanese flags in solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks, but most of the focus in the West has been on the victims in Paris.
Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.