Turkey's Syria offensive
Burying the Kurdish autonomy project
Right-wing extremism
Halle, Christchurch… a network of "lone wolves"
Maximum pressure and asymmetrical tactics
Dangerous shifts in the U.S.-Iranian stand-off
Stefan Weidner's ʺ1001 Books. The Literatures of the Orientʺ
The Middle East – a rich vein of world literature

Turkey's Syria offensive

When the Kurds of Syria came under Turkish fire less than ten days ago, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria was left with no choice but to call on Assad for help. Thus ends a political project that many hailed as a model for the future order of Syria. But, as Ulrich von Schwerin points out, it was a project built on very shaky foundationsRead more

Right-wing extremism

Ongoing investigations into the Halle attack have so far concluded that the right-wing extremist attacker acted alone. But "lone wolves" are anything but isolated. By Sandra Petersmann and Naomi ConradRead more

Maximum pressure and asymmetrical tactics

As the United States and Iran face off in the Persian Gulf, their asymmetric conflict risks spiralling out of control. Unless the rest of the world gets involved, the dangerous game both countries are playing could end in direct confrontation. Analysis by Volker PerthesRead more

Book review: Stefan Weidner's ʺ1001 Books. The Literatures of the Orientʺ

Recently published in German, Stefan Weidner's new book issues an invitation to all those who would like to be better acquainted with the literature of the Middle East – a profoundly fascinating journey through the works of Arab, Persian and Turkish authors. By Gerrit WustmannRead more

Politics

Kurdish YPG fighter in Kobani (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot/J. Raa)

Turkey's Syria offensive

Burying the Kurdish autonomy project

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo giving a press conference on 13 June 2019  following oil tanker attacks in the Persian Gulf (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Maximum pressure and asymmetrical tactics

Dangerous shifts in the U.S.-Iranian stand-off

Ali Ertan Toprak, chairman of Germany’s Kurdish community (photo: private)

Interview with Ali Ertan Toprak

"I am stunned by Europe's weak and inactive stance against Erdogan"

Constitutional law professor and presidential frontrunner Kais Saied (photo: Reuters/M. Hamed)

Polling in the Maghreb

Presidential run-off in Tunisia, but will anyone vote?

Society

 Star of David on the roof of the synagogue in Halle/Saale (photo dpa/picture-alliance)

Right-wing extremism

Halle, Christchurch… a network of "lone wolves"

Portrait photo of the Palestinian-American cultural critic Edward Said taken in 1999 (photo: picture-alliance/akg)

Father of post-colonial studies

Edward Said – exiled between cultures

Poster calling for the release of German journalist Deniz Yucel, arrested in Turkey in 2017 (photo: picture-alliance/rtn)

Held hostage by the Turkish authorities

Deniz Yucel, the "agent terrorist"

Symbolic image of anti-Muslim racism (photo: Imago/P. Endig)

An enduring stereotype

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The West's gleeful obsession with the 'oppressed Arab woman'

Culture

Tomb of the Persion poet Hafez in Shiraz, Iran (source: Wikimedia)

Book review: Stefan Weidner's ʺ1001 Books. The Literatures of the Orientʺ

The Middle East – a rich vein of world literature

Deceased Kuwaiti author Ismail Fahd Ismail (source: screenshot; Facebook)

Book review: Ismail Fahd Ismail’s "The Old Woman and the River"

Hemingway, eat your heart out!