Perspectives Middle East & North Africa

Perspectives Middle East & North Africa #10: Borders - Lines in the Sand or in the Mind?

Published: 10 October 2016

While the privileged few may cross legitimately by simply presenting their passport, for most, borders present difficult if not insurmountable hurdles. Furthermore there are plenty of other lines of division: social, ethnic, religious and ideological. Any border is a painful memory of the fact that it is not an individual’s choice to define which side he or she is on.

Perspectives Middle East & North Africa #9 - A Region Heating Up: Climate Change Activism in the Middle East and North Africa

Published: 29 August 2016

The Middle Eastern and Northern African (MENA) region, faced with tumultuous changes in the last five years, shows a picture of shrinking spaces for civil society activism. In contrast, ecological activism is growing and connecting the fight for climate justice to other demands for community and indigenous rights, gender equality, democracy and transparency.

Perspectives Middle East & North Africa #7: Rumours

Published: 29 October 2014

Rumours serve as a medium through which unfulfilled hopes or unspecific fears can be voiced. They bond and drive a wedge between people and population groups at the same time. An issue about the social function of rumours.

Perspectives Middle East & North Africa #4: Qatar - aspirations and realities

Published: 20 November 2012

In the Arab Gulf Region, one political actor, in particular, is becoming more visible, seemingly more engaged in navigating the uncertainties caused by the fast changes emerging in the region and in filling the gaps in this political scene: The state of Qatar. What is the role Qatar is trying to play in the region and is it being translated internally?

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Perspectives Middle East & North Africa #3: Syria's Revolution - Society, Power, Ideology

Published: 8 February 2012

It is almost a year ago that Syrian citizens, inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, courageously took to the streets in protest against the decades-long denial of their basic rights by the Assad regime. But Syria as a topic for research has long been marginalized in cultural, social, and political studies. This publication written by authors from the region wants to give new perspectives on Syria.