Interview with Danny Postel
The West's obsession with sectarianism
India and Pakistan
Modiʹs foreign policy – by whim, not design
Interview with Reinhard Kleist
Arab comics – protest, love and the everyday
Western diplomacy in crisis
What to do about Khashoggi?

Interview with political scientist Danny Postel

Political scientist Danny Postel warns in interview with Emran Feroz against the tendency of mainstream media to describe Middle Eastern politics in terms of absolutes. "Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East", a collection of essays that he co-edited with Nader Hashemi, examines the topic in depthRead more

India and Pakistan

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, Indiaʹs approach to relations with Pakistan has been inconsistent and episodic, typified in the tensions at the recent UN General Assembly. Modiʹs government has no cohesive policy framework for dealing with Pakistan, much less a compelling vision for lasting peace. By Shashi TharoorRead more

Interview with graphic novel illustrator Reinhard Kleist

Reinhard Kleist is regarded as one of Germany’s finest graphic-novel illustrators and has travelled the Arab world extensively, discovering a fascinating local comics sceneRead more

Western diplomacy in crisis

The abduction or even murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would constitute a dangerous escalation in the Saudi government's campaign to clamp down on its critics. According to Guido Steinberg, the West should react with as much determination as it did towards Moscow following events in SalisburyRead more


Political scientist Danny Postel (source: Twitter; Danny Postel)

Interview with political scientist Danny Postel

The West's "intellectually lazy" obsession with sectarianism

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures a traditional greeting prior to his speech as part of India's 72nd Independence Day celebrations, which marks the 71st anniversary of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on 15 August 2018 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/P. Singh)

India and Pakistan

Modiʹs foreign policy – by whim, not design

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/H. Jamali)

Western diplomacy in crisis

What to do about Khashoggi?

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (photo: Reuters)

Essebsi breaks with Ennahda

Farewell to Tunisia's "national consensus"


Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/AA./A. Ramadan)

Higher education in the Middle East

Low standards, wrong content

Muazzaz Ali and her daughter Lama Farzad, Syrian refugees from Homs, sit inside their tent in a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon (photo: DW/A. Vohra)

NGO with an Identitarian agenda

Preying on Syrian war widows

Rose Coco from South Sudan with her son Yusuf (photo: Goethe-Institut/Aya Nabil)

Egyptian society

Migrants – ever the foreigners?

Man wearing a kippa with a German flag (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Germany’s right-wing populists found Jewish group

Jews – the AfDʹs means to an end


South Sudanese author Stella Gitano (photo: private; source: Facebook)

Book review: Stella Gitanoʹs "Withered Flowers"

Mapping an unknown world

Mahdi Baraghithi at the Birzeit University exhibition (photo: DW/Sarah Hofmann)

4th Qalandiya International art exhibition

Showing for Palestinian solidarity

Cover of Dima Wannousʹ "Die Veraengstigten" – The Frightened (published in German by Karl Blessing)

Book review: Dima Wannousʹ "Die Veraengstigten"

Naked despair laid bare