Middle East & North Africa

On This Nakba Day, Palestinians Need New Leadership
On This Nakba Day, Palestinians Need New Leadership

Today, Nakba Day, marks 72 years since the 1948 war between the fledgling Jewish state and its Arab neighbors. But the most pressing issue for Palestinians today is not the existence of Israel. It is the absence of Palestinian leadership.

Turkey the Only NATO Member Singled out in Annual Religious Freedom Report
Turkey the Only NATO Member Singled out in Annual Religious Freedom Report

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2020 Annual Report and recommended the US government include Turkey on the State Department’s “Special Watch List” for “engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom.”

America’s Arabic-Language Media in the Middle East: A Conversation with Alberto M. Fernandez

In lieu of Providence’s regular social hour talk, Editor Mark Tooley spoke via Skype with Amb. Alberto M. Fernandez, president…

Middle Eastern Christians Stepping Up to Lead Coronavirus Response Are Part of a Long Tradition of Healing the Region’s Sick
Middle Eastern Christians Step Up to Lead Coronavirus Response, Part of Long Tradition

During the coronavirus pandemic, Middle Eastern Christians like MP Neemat Frem and Dr. Issam Raad are living up to the best of their community’s tradition as healers of the sick.

Persecuted Christians Need You Now More Than Ever
Persecuted Christians Need You Now More Than Ever

Even as we remember that Jesus rose from the dead in Jerusalem, Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere experience some of the highest levels of persecution in the world.

Pandemic Exposes the Paranoid Style of Iran’s Supreme Leader
Pandemic Exposes the Paranoid Style of Iran’s Supreme Leader

As the coronavirus pandemic continued to ravage Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested that the United States bore responsibility for his nation’s plight.

Lessons Learned, Relearned, and Unlearned in Afghanistan
Lessons Learned, Relearned, and Unlearned in Afghanistan

In the almost-19 years since they dispatched their military to Afghanistan, US policymakers and the people they represent have learned, relearned, and unlearned several lessons.

The Battle for the History of the Afghan War
The Battle for the History of the Afghan War

Much of Carter Malkesian’s narrative about the Afghan war is spot-on, but he gets several key events wrong.

Lebanese Christians and Their Role in the Middle East: A Conversation with Habib C. Malik
Lebanese Christians and Their Role in the Middle East: A Conversation with Habib C. Malik

In a conversation with Philos Project President Robert Nicholson, Habib C. Malik discussed what makes Lebanese Christians unique, the country’s role in the Middle East, US foreign policy oversights, Christian engagement with Islam, and advice he would give to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.