Middle East / North Africa

The continued plight of Beirut’s residents, 10 months on from a devastating explosion

In August 2020, Lebanon was in the midst of a surge of Coronavirus cases across the country, coupled with a crippling economic crisis that had taken the national poverty rate above 50% of the population and was ongoing since October of the previous year.…

Callum Sutherland

Sheikh Jarrah: a neighbourhood at the heart of the Israel-Palestine crisis

Several Palestinian families in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem continue to face the threat of forced eviction from their homes by Israeli settlers, despite the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas over Gaza.…

Nicholas Pearce

Does Israeli governance over Palestinians follow in the footsteps of South African apartheid?

Since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, the region of Israel and Palestine has been home to one of the most renowned and controversial conflicts in modern history. Over the last 70 years, numerous escalations have occurred in the region such as the Six Day War in 1967…

Callum Sutherland

It’s Time to talk about Arab and Middle Eastern Representation in American Film & TV

In the intense industry of film and TV, historical stereotypes and tropes play an influential role in storytelling. While harmless in some cases, they can be seriously damaging in others, in the way they influence public perception.…

Jasmine Adjallah

Writing a War: How Syrian Literature Observes and Condemns the Civil War

When the Syrian population first took to the streets in March 2011 in a bid for democracy, the protest movement was seen as a hopeful sign for an end to the reign of the Assad family, who have governed Syria since the 1970s.…

Cristina Coellen

Lessons of the Ever Given: what can we take from this trade hiccup?

With the Ever Given finally being refloated, Amelia Wood reflects on why this incident was able to capture the world's attention and the implications of our interconnectedness in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Amelia Wood