A Rare Look Inside Iraq’s Education Ministry

Muthana Al-Saleh / 11 Jan 2018 / Opinion

A young teacher from Mosul asked for, and received, unusual access to observe the agency’s operations and share concerns with its leaders.

Studying New Forms of Migration in Morocco

Ursula Lindsey / 09 Oct 2017 / Opinion

The sociologist Mehdi Alioua sees himself as an advocate and a mediator.

With Mass Arrests, Saudi Arabia Silences Independent Voices

Ursula Lindsey / 25 Sep 2017 / Opinion

The detainees include scholars, preachers and public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum.

Listening to the Voices of Syrians, Unadulterated

Rasha Faek / 31 Jul 2017 / Opinion

An American professor documents the stories of Syrians before and after the revolution, allowing them to speak for themselves.

Scholars Examine the Cultural Lives of Jihadists

Ursula Lindsey / 17 Jul 2017 / Opinion

A new book explores how jihadists use poetry, music and video to strengthen their cause.

Some Gains, Many Sacrifices: Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Ursula Lindsey / 10 Jul 2017 / Opinion

Since the country’s independence, the position of women has been a point of both pride and controversy.

New Moroccan Protests Call for Fresh Scholarly Approach

Ursula Lindsey / 26 Jun 2017 / Opinion

Social scientists say analysis and debate, not a crackdown, is the best response to a powerful new protest movement.

Making Sense of the Arab Uprisings’ Aftermath: Think Small

Ursula Lindsey / 14 Jun 2017 / Opinion

In drawing lessons from the 2011 Arab uprisings and their after-effects, scholars should zoom in on experiments in governance and activism, even if they failed.

Insights From the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

David Wheeler / 29 May 2017 / Opinion

“City of Thorns,” a book about the refugee camp Dadaab, in Kenya, portrays conditions that mirror those in Arab refugee settlements.

In Egypt, Harsh Measures Against Academic Freedom Persist

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 23 May 2017 / Opinion

A prominent group of human rights lawyers reports on severe restrictions on academic freedom in the first quarter of 2017.