From bad to worse? 5 things 2018 will bring to the Middle East

Syrian Democratic Forces looking toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. Syrian Democratic Forces, via AP James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles It’s always dangerous to make... Read more »

Protests in Iran could spell trouble for the Middle East at large

Josepha Ivanka Wessels, Lund University Roiling more than a dozen major cities, young Iranians are protesting against the country’s government. They appear to be particularly angered by the country’s... Read more »

US Base in At Tanf Fully Blocked by Syrian Troops

Russian General Staff Chief Army General Valery Gerasimov said that there was movement of militants from the US base in Syria’s At Tanf, which is currently fully blocked by... Read more »

Rebuilding science in the Arab world

Topkapi Palace Museum Paul Braterman, University of Glasgow Translations can change the course of civilisations. Caliph al-Mansour’s translation project, begun in the eighth century and accelerated under his grandson... Read more »

Why Lebanon faces another crisis – and what Saudi Arabia stands to lose

Billie Jeanne Brownlee, University of Exeter and Maziyar Ghiabi, University of Oxford The Twitter account of Lebanon’s prime minister, Sa’ad Hariri has been inactive since November 6, just after... Read more »