Country: Iraq

Gertrude Bell, historical images from Iraq (source: gemeinfrei; montage: ard.de)

Sykes-Picot and the role of Gertrude Bell

Midwife of the Middle East

Friedrich Ruckert (1788-1866) (photo: Suddeutsche Zeitung)

150th anniversary of Friedrich Ruckert′s death

Forget Goethe, read Ruckert

Colonel Mark Sykes (left) was a member of Britain's Conservative Party; Francois Georges-Picot (right) was a French diplomat

100 years of Sykes-Picot

"A tapestry of plans and promises"

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/K. Kadim)

Iraq′s political crisis

Al-Sadr the power broker

Iraqi author Ali Bader at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot)

Ali Bader and ″Al-Kafira″

When Fatima became Sophie

Saudi King Salman (right) with his nephew, Interior Minister Mohammed Naïf (photo: Reuters)

Panama Paper revelations

The Emirs of Panama

Haura from Basra (front left) and Samarkand from Baghdad (rear right) in the writing workshop in Basra (photo: Inka Thunecke/DW)

Women′s writing workshop in Basra, Iraq

Writing to survive

Egyptian police in a suburb of Cairo (photo: AFP)

Reforming the Arab security sector

A plea for transparency

Geographical divisions in the Middle East according to the Sykes-Picot agreement following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire (source: British Library)

The crisis of the Arab nation state

Reconstructed reality

Fighting terror with music in Iraq

Political scientist and expert on radical Islam Peter Neumann (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Interview with radical Islam expert Peter Neumann

Islamic State′s looting economy

Saudi troops on their way to fight Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and Iran

Defeat Islamic State - or become it

Salah Ahmad, founder of the Jiyan Foundation (photo: Jiyan Foundation)

Trauma therapy in Iraqi Kurdistan

″It is possible to build a peaceful society″

An armed Iraqi guards the excavation of a newly discovered Sumerian settlement in Umm al-Aqareb some 300 kilometres south of Baghdad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Mesopotamia: the cradle of civilisation

Photomontage/kennardphillipps at Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War exhibition at IWM North (photo: kennardphillipps/Reuters)

Tony Blair and the Iraq war

A case of smoke and mirrors

Still from "A Dragon Arrives", one of this year's Berlinale entries, by Iranian director Mani Haghighi (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Berlinale/Abbas Kosari)

Germany′s Berlinale

Where film meets reality

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