Essays

Demonstrator protesting against the Mubarak regime on Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011 (photo: AFP)

Authoritarian rule in the Arab world

Nurturing the Arabellion phoenix

Supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran (photo: picture-alliance/AP/V. Salemi)

The Republic of Iran turns forty

A theocracy at the crossroads

Protests against President Beji Caid Essebsi and Tunisiaʹs government: "I love corruption" reads the placard (photo: S. Mersch/DW)

Domestic power struggle in Tunisia

A faltering democracy

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Sputnik)

The Kurdish YPG and the future of northeastern Syria

Assad smiles from the sidelines

U.S. President Donald Trump gives a speech at the White House in Washington (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Syria withdrawal

A chance for peace?

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi (photo: picture-alliance)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

The red herring of 'Islamic human rights'

Symbolic image for headscarf debate: Primary schoolgirl with headscarves in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The headscarf debate

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Don't ban – educate and emancipate!

French television reporters interview Syriaʹs President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus (photo: Reuters/Sana)

War reporting

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Facts must be respected – even in Syria!

State-sponsored demonstration against the USA in Tehran on 04.11.2018, the anniversary of the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 (photo: ILNA)

U.S. sanctions against Iran

The lonely "axis of evil"

Turkish demonstrators protest the killing of Jamal Khashoggi (photo: picture-alliance/AA/M. E. Yildirim)

Trump, MbS and the aftermath

Did the global order die with Khashoggi?

A Cairo street sign showing Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi ahead of the presidential election, 25 March 2018 (photo: Reuters/A. Awad)

Sisi and the military

Egyptʹs sham modernity

The spark that caused the Arabellion: Tunisian young people protest for more social equality and the end of the Ben-Ali dictatorship in Tunis in January 2011, following the suicide of Tunisian greengrocer Mohamed Bouazizi (photo: picture-alliance/abaca)

What triggered the Middle Eastern revolts in 2011?

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The economics of Arabellion

Reminder of hyperinflation: 50,000 lira Turkish banknote (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Turkeyʹs economic crisis

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The sick man of Europe returns

Art demonstrates against right-wing agitation and violence: Brandenburg artist Rainer Opolkaʹs sculpture of a bronze wolf giving the Hitler salute, positioned in front of the Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Islamophobia and xenophobia

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The West’s racism problem

Placards of Hafez al-Assad and Bashar al- Assad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/R. Jensen)

Civil wars in the Middle East

The Arab issue of kith and kin

Ofer Waldman, journalist and chairman of the New Israel Fund Deutschland (photo: DW)

Anti-Semitism

Separating anti-Semitism from criticism of Israel

Shia militias in Iraq (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Arab dictatorships in crisis

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The Middle East's militia mentality

Muslim woman in Germany (photo: Georg Wendt/dpa)

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Europe

The eternal Muslim

Unity in Diversity demonstration in Jakarta on 19 November 2016 (photo: Reuters)

Islam and democracy

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What the Arab world can learn from Indonesia

Friendly between Germany and Saudi Arabia on 08.06.2018 – Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan on the bench (photo: Reuters)

Germany's identity crisis

Gundogan and Ozil are not the problem!

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