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.
The aftermath in Beirut.
Lebanon has been coming apart at the seams for years – Islamic State is trying to make it disintegrate entirely.
Getting by in Baddawi camp.
Baddawi camp has been host to Palestinian refugees for years. Now Syrians fleeing their homeland are joining them, how is everyone coping?
With one of the world's heaviest refugee burdens and a government incapable of governing, Lebanon is very much on the edge.
Tempers fray in Beirut.
Lebanon's garbage protests are spiralling out of control. Where will it end?
But what do their citizens think?
It's been assumed that most Arab countries are adamantly opposed to Iran’s regional rise and therefore not in favor of a nuclear deal. But is that really the case?
Syrian refugees cross the border into Turkey, one of several states that are already vulnerable to ethnic and demographic tensions.
The flows of refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are yet another driver of demographic changes that are threatening to destabilise other states long regarded as strong and democratic.
Dark days in Beirut.
Lebanon has always been a complicated jigsaw, but despite years of war, regional conflict, and meddling in its affairs, it has displayed a tremendous ability to absorb tension. But the threads that hold…
Lebanese troops enter the border town of Arsal to fight off ISIS.
The Islamic State’s campaign across Northern Iraq and Syria has entered Lebanese territory for the first time. Long affected by the spillover of refugees fleeing its war torn neighbours, the brief battle…
Sophisticated and terrifying: Israeli firepower.
In the 1982 Lebanon war I served as an Israeli artillery forward observer, my task to pinpoint the PLO’s positions and call in fire from our artillery units. We stayed in the evacuated Al Jamous School…
Muslim and Christian Lebanese join with other communities to rally against racism. The Lebanese in Australia story is the subject of a new SBS documentary series, Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl.
Mediterranean societies have been described as communities of honour and shame. The fundamental currency of their social order is respect. When the Lebanese civil war drove thousands of its citizens to…
Piecing together a crumbling cultural history.
On January 4, Tripoli’s historic Al Sa’eh Library, one of Lebanon’s largest, burnt down. Two-thirds of its 80,000 books and manuscripts were lost in a fire that consumed the building. This is no anomaly…