Two men watch Ebrahim Raisi, the conservative frontrunner in Iran’s elections, in a televised presidential debate.
Plus, why fireflies need dark nights and what you can do about it. Listen to episode 19 of The Conversation Weekly.
Drought’s effects on the population slowed the Ottoman Empire’s expansion in the 16th century.
Drought has been a threat multiplier for centuries, fueling conflict and migration from the time of the Ottoman Empire to Syria today.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 consecutive years as Israeli prime minister are coming to an end.
Israeli politics are entering a new chapter. Here's what to expect from the coalition government forming to oust longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Tahrir Square, then and now.
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In the ten years since the Arab Spring, the countries affected have transformed completely. Here's how.
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance of the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 21, the day a cease-fire took effect after 11 days of heavy fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
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Hate-inspired violence is the cause of conflict around the world. It's time to consider hatred as a serious public health issue and even a disease so it can be treated — and possibly prevented.
Attempts to integrate Palestinian citizens of Israel into the Israeli state have failed. What is emerging is growing solidarity with those living in occupied territories, argues a scholar of the region.
Family at war: King Abdullah II of Jordan and the country’s princes mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the kingdom.
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Despite often seismic political upheavals over the years, most Middle Eastern royal families have been able to weather the storms.
Microraptor: fossils show it had feathers on each limb.
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A transcript of episode 11 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including an interview on Israel's foreign policy options following its recent election.
Kulindadromeus: more evidence is emerging of feathered dinosaurs.
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Plus, what Israel's latest election could mean for its foreign policy. Listen to episode 11 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2018.
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Saudi's crown prince approved the killing and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist in 2018, the Biden administration says. So how can the US still see the Saudis as good partners?
In the past week, the Biden administration has shown it is willing to back up words with actions in dealing with both Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Can Joe Biden restore U.S. world leadership?
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Biden wants to restore US global leadership after four years of Trump's isolationism and antagonism. These are some of the challenges and opportunities he'll face, from China to Latin America.
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The president-elect is also likely to be less tolerant of Israel's settlement expansion and the inroads Russia and Turkey have made into the Middle East.
A Trump election loss would suit NZ's trade, climate and arms control foreign policies. But there will still be the problem of China.
Vice President Biden with a U.S. delegation at the Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia in 2011.
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Biden and Trump are like night and day on foreign policy, and American global engagement would change radically under a Biden presidency. But actual Mideast policy might show only cosmetic changes.
U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
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Opportunities for dramatic change rarely arise in the Middle East. But now is such a time.
Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel.
Sports diplomacy has eased relationships between nations before – here's how it could help Israel, Bahrain and the UAE as they enter into new peace accords.
Iran is becoming more secular.
A huge new online survey of Iranians reveals only 40% identify as Muslim.
Biden goes way back with a number of world leaders, among them Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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How would Joe Biden engage a world upended by Trump? A diplomacy expert explains what Biden's history says about his foreign policy priorities.
These Palestinians aren’t happy with Trump’s Israel deal, which required Israel to make no territorial concessions. Gaza, Aug. 16, 2020.
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Israel and the United Arab Emirates weren't at war, so their new deal is not really a peace accord. Nor does it satisfy the Palestinians, who need Arab nations to support their drive for statehood.