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Comment: In 2019, the contours of an epic struggle became clear, without hinting at who will prevail in the next decade, writes Rami Khouri.

Book Club: Stacy D. Fahrenthold’s new book offers insight into the politics of migrant communities and their connections to their countries of origin, reviews Usman Butt.

From Balfour to Boris: Britain's broken promises in Palestine

Ben Clarke

From Balfour to Boris: Britain's broken promises in Palestine

The long read: In its centenary year, Professor Avi Shlaim examines the impact of the Balfour Declaration and Britain's 'deviousness, duplicity and double-standards' in Palestine, writes Ben Clarke.

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Hadani Ditmars

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Blog: 500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, music still fuels protest and foments revolution, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Tristan Dunning

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Comment: Facile interpretations of jihadist motivations are dangerous and counterproductive, writes Tristan Dunning.

Hadani Ditmars

A Syrian reunion

Blog: A family reunion wasn't the retreat Hadani Ditmars had been hoping for.

Nael M. Shama

Inside the Arab mind: Questions on Syria and beyond

The long read: Nael Shama asks what future lies ahead for Arab societies, if the choice - six years after the Arab Spring, is between tyrannical ...

Bassel Salloukh

The US and IS: Weaving conspiracy theories in reverse

Comment: Critical historical analysis is the best response to the poisonous conspiracy theories manufactured by the likes of both Bannon and IS, ...

Martin Armstrong

Big in exile: The sonic journeys of 47SOUL

Before relocating to London in 2014 the four members of Palestinian electro outfit 47SOUL had never lived in the same city. Exile has proved a ...

Is the Syria-Iraq border still relevant after IS defeats?

Paul Iddon

Is the Syria-Iraq border still relevant after IS defeats?

Analysis: The Islamic State group imposed its 'caliphate' across swathes of Iraq and Syria, but as they are beaten back from Mosul, will Iraqi ...

Kawthar Guediri

Sykes-Picot: Phase two of a Middle East partition process

Comment: The processes of separation and partition put in place by the agreement have continued to replicate themselves for the last century, ...

The spectre of tomorrow: After the battle for Mosul

Myriam Benraad

The spectre of tomorrow: After the battle for Mosul

Despite promises that IS will be defeated after Mosul is recaptured, the fight for the Iraqi capital of the 'caliphate' is turning out more ...

Bringing the Syria Campaign out of Blumenthal's 'shadows'

Robert Cusack

Bringing the Syria Campaign out of Blumenthal's 'shadows'

Critics claim that the Syria Campaign is a 'shadowy' operation, but they just don't look hard enough.

Peace in the Middle East: Federalism, not territorial disintegration

Shireen T. Hunter

Peace in the Middle East: Federalism, not territorial disintegration

Comment: Much has been said about redrawing Middle East borders along ethnic, linguistic or sectarian lines, but the wholesale breakup of ...

Saving <em>Sykes</em>-<em>Picot</em>

Robert Springborg

Saving Sykes-Picot

Comment: Instead of dividing existing states, or sustaining "fierce but brittle" states, the aim should be to bring about institutions that are ...

Robert Springborg

Obama's last-ditch effort to resolve the Arab-Israeli crisis

Comment: Robert Springborg asks whether Obama's diplomatic gamble is any more likely to succeed than the attempts of his predecessors.

Laith Saud

The myths around Sykes-Picot

Comment: The argument that Iraq and Syria are false entities, clumsily constituted by Sykes-Picot is at best lacking in ...

Taufiq Wan

Sykes-Picot and the right to self-determination

Comment: 100 years ago today, Britain and France carved up the Middle East along lines that have made infamous the names of Sir Mark ...

The New Arab

Is Iraqi Kurdistan about to declare independence from Baghdad?

Most but not all political forces of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region are preparing to hold a referendum on independence next year, but ...

French spy chief warns of 'end of Middle East'

AAAJ and agencies

French spy chief warns of 'end of Middle East'

The conflicts in parts of the Middle East could lead to 'the end' of the region 'as we know it, Bernard Bajolet, head of France overseas ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Jeremy Corbyn's cautious support for Palestine as Labour leader

Analysis: As Israeli politics shifted further right, the UK's Labour party has moved to the left. What will Labour look like under the ...

What's in a flag? Raising Jordan's red standard high

Paul Mcloughlin

What's in a flag? Raising Jordan's red standard high

Analysis: King Abdullah decided that the Hashemite flag - filled with Islamic symbolism - should be raised on army day, rather than the national ...

Old wars, new wars. A woman's view

Baroness Jenny Tonge

Old wars, new wars. A woman's view

Comment: Women and children are suffering in wars across the Middle East. If more women were in positions of power things would be different, ...

A journey to world's end

Marwan Hisham

A journey to world's end

The following is reflection on a journey from one end of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed caliphate in Raqqa to the other, in Mosul. ...

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