U.S. Middle East policy
The imperial reflex
Syrian playwright Wael Kadour
A vehicle for integration
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef
Jihadists, please blow here!
"Tunisia – An Arab anomaly"
A history of intellectual excellence

U.S. policy on the Middle East

The United States believes it can enforce the policy of sanctions it has directed against Iran on the rest of the world as well. In no third country are the possible implications as grave as in Turkey, says Stefan Buchen in his analysisRead more

Interview with Syrian playwright Wael Kadour

Syrian playwright and dramatist Wael Kadour came of age in Damascus a decade before the revolution. His plays speak of life in his home country and social tensions across the Middle East. Interview by Laura CappelleRead more

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef

During the Arab Spring, satirist Bassem Youssef was loved and feared. Then he fled the country. Now he′s mocking in America. By Dunja RamadanRead more

Non-fiction: Safwan M. Masri′s ″Tunisia – An Arab anomaly″

Tunisia stands out as the only democracy among Arab countries. Why it has managed the transformation from autocratic rule after the Arab Spring has deep roots that go back centuries, argues Safwan M. Masri. Hans Dembowski read the bookRead more


U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence at the White House in Washington (photo: Reuters)

U.S. policy on the Middle East

The imperial reflex

Die Proteste im Winter 2010/2011 führten zum Sturz von Machthaber Zine El Abidine Ben Ali; Foto: Imago/Kyodo News

Non-fiction: Safwan M. Masri′s ″Tunisia – An Arab anomaly″

A history of intellectual excellence

Protests in Tunisia against austerity and price hikes (photo: picture-alliance)

Social unrest in Tunisia

You′re on your own

Tunisian protesters confront security forces blocking access to the governorate's office in Tunis, during a demonstration over price hikes and austerity measures, 12 January 2018 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/S. Hamdaoui)

Protests rock Tunisia

A winter of discontent


Turkish exiles′ news platform ″Ahval″ (source: Ahval)

Turkish exiles′ news portal "Ahval"

Hardly politically neutral

Armin Langer (photo: K. Harbi)

Anti-Semitism debate in Germany

Time for objectivity

The Kremlin, Moscow (photo: Getty Images/AFP/Y. Maximov)

Moscow's cultural policy in the Middle East

Arab ambassadors for Russian interests


Syrian dramatist Wael Kadour (photo: private)

Interview with Syrian playwright Wael Kadour

A vehicle for integration

Libyan author Hisham Matar (photo: Luchterhand Literaturverlag)

Interview with Libyan author Hisham Matar

″You can't turn back the clock″

Screenshot of the Schiller concert in Tehran on the website schillermusic.com

Electronic music band Schiller in Tehran

The pull of the West

Bachtyar Ali (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Unionsverlag)

Bachtyar Ali's novel "Die Stadt der weißen Musiker"

Poetry and truth