Iran begins to fuel its first nuclear power station - but what happens next? Photo: IIPA via Getty Images
John Simpson: The Iran deal won’t make the world much safer
By John Simpson - 16 July 17:04

It has been hard, over the years, to explain to western readers and viewers the deep contradictions of Iran.

An anti-Saudi Arabia protester outside the embassy in Tehran. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty
In Iran today the Great Satan is no longer the United States: it's Saudi Arabia
By Mark Leonard - 16 July 16:59

When I talked to Iranian policymakers last year, they told me US hegemony in the Middle East and global affairs is giving way to a multipolar order - and with it come new enemies.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi give a press conference. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty
Leader: Iran comes in from the cold
By New Statesman - 15 July 15:28

For all of its limitations and the uncertainty that still abounds, the deal could come to be seen as a historic leap towards stability in Iran.

The memorial to the victims of the 7/7 attacks in London. Photo: Getty
A decade after 7/7, our anti-terror efforts stopped attacks but lost the battle for hearts and minds
By Shiraz Maher - 07 July 17:34

Millions of pounds have been poured into counter-extremism initiatives over the past decade. But this has failed to provide the response to 7/7 that the UK wanted.

Too far from home: a symbolic graveyard for migrants created on the lawns of the Reichstag building, Berlin, by activists protesting against EU refugee policy. Photo: Ian McGowan
Burying the Syrian dead in Berlin
By Musa Okwonga - 02 July 9:35

Musa Okwonga attends the burial of a Syrian man, lost trying to cross the Mediterranean, organised by Berliners.

A Syrian refugee waits to cross the border into Turkey. Photo: Uygar Onder Simsek/AFP/Getty Images
Is the way the media reports Islamic State’s treatment of women making things worse?
By Samira Shackle - 29 June 14:26

As in any war, the “rape crisis” in Syria and Iraq is complicated, and the way it is reported shapes the false assumptions and stigma women face.

African migrants stranded on a boat. Photo: Getty
"Shameful consequences?": Europe contemplates Australian response to African migrants
By Martin Plaut - 25 June 11:04

Will the EU's contemplation of Australia's "solution" to the migration crisis, denying all those rescued at sea the right to settle, end in "shameful consequences"?

Flats in the Hovsjoe district in south-western Soedertaelje, where many Syrian refugees in Sweden live. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
I’ve changed my mind about the Swedes. They took in 40,000 Syrian refugees last year: Britain took 24
By Nicholas Lezard - 25 June 10:23

One thing the Swedes definitely do better than we do, and where we ought really to look a bit sheepish, is in the welcome they give to immigrants.

A British Muslim teacher teaches his British Muslim pupils. Photo: Getty
Is teaching a counter-terrorism curriculum the best way to stop young people being radicalised?
By Samira Shackle - 24 June 17:43

As a Muslim community organisation launches a special counter-terrorism curriculum this week, will theological teachings help the UK challenge extremism?

David Cameron on a visit to a Manchester mosque in 2013. Photo: Darren Staples/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Why is David Cameron using British Muslims as the scapegoat for his government’s failings?
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 19 June 16:51

The prime minister’s approach to radicalisation sees Muslims as somehow the pure product of their religion, not as British citizens, while also conveniently glossing over government failings.

A policeman stands guard outside the home of a suspected Isis recruiter. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
British jihadis who join Isis aren’t victims – suicide bombers know what they’re doing
By Shiraz Maher - 17 June 14:24

At 17 years old, Talha Asmal has become Britain’s youngest ever suicide bomber. Shock is understandable, but it is naive to dismiss his agency.

The Dewsbury teenager Talha Asmal is "UK's youngest ever suicide bomber". Photo: YouTube screengrab
Remember – just 0.02 per cent of the British Muslim population go to join Middle East conflicts
By Jehangir Malik - 15 June 17:13

British Muslims should be celebrated, not demonised due to the very few, like Talha Asmal, who go to join conflicts in the Middle East.

Unkindness of strangers: a medic tends to a child who was wounded in US bombing in the Korengal Valley, north-eastern Afghanistan, in 2007. Photo: Tim Hetherington/Magnum
How the west failed Afghanistan
By Lyse Doucet - 11 June 8:07

All too often, Afghans aren’t even consulted about plans for their own country.

Ragevan Vasan and Paige Round in Avaes Mohammad’s plays. Photo: Mark Douet
The absurd hunt for “Muslim toddler terrorists” exposes the extent of anti-Muslim prejudice
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 10 June 10:35

As the perception of a tacit complicity by the Muslim community in terrorist activity has gained traction, art has become a major outlet for protest and dissent.

Smoke billows from the town Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants. Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
Don’t believe the hype: the Iraqi army can win
By John Simpson - 04 June 15:15

Is the Iraqi army irremediably useless? Will it cause the government in Baghdad to lose the war? It's not as bad as it seems.

The UNHCR refugee camp. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
“We are human beings”: Khaled Hosseini on the story of Syria's refugees
By Khaled Hosseini - 04 June 15:04

Khaled Hosseini, the bestselling author of The Kite Runner, goes inside a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

Protestors in Cairo, one of the places featured in Asaad al-Saleh's book. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
In the Arab Spring, revolution was made by everyday people
By Sophie McBain - 28 May 15:30

Sophie McBain reviews Jonathan Littell's Syrian Notebooks and Voices of the Arab Spring by Asaad al-Saleh.

A Palestinian boy looks out across the al-Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City on 6 August 2014. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
Conflict in Gaza is all part of Israel’s indirect system of control over Palestinians
By Yehuda Shaul - 26 May 12:19

2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region.

Women protesting in Cairo after the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. Photo: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images
In Egypt, the left is struggling against apathy and fear
By Ruth Michaelson - 05 May 9:52

The death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh sent shockwaves through Egypt’s left. Now, with elections postponed again, the movement is at an impasse.

Alaa al-Aswany in Paris, February 2014. Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images
You can't betray the revolution: why Egyptian activist Alaa al-Aswany likes being a dentist
By Sophie McBain - 29 April 8:00

“A revolution is basically a human change, not a political one,” he says. “People are no longer the Egyptians they were under Mubarak.”

The Armenian genocide memorial in Armenia. Photo: Flickr/z@doune
The Armenian genocide: the journey from victim to survivor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 April 9:59

The global activity around the Armenian genocide centenary is unprecedented – reality TV stars, western lawyers, Turkish intellectuals, metalheads and the Pope have all spoken out. But has this brought international recognition any closer?

Islamic State faces a complex web of militant groups and violence in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 23 April 10:14

The signs of Islamic State moving into Pakistan are there, but what difference does this make in a nation already subject to similar horrors?

The comeback kid. Photo:Getty
Why the Tories still have a spring in their step
By Stephen Bush - 22 April 12:57

Senior Conservatives are drawing comfort from Binyamin Netanyhu's late comeback in the Israeli elections.

"The memory of the world": British attempts to save endangered Middle Eastern artefacts
By Tom Overton - 16 April 15:05

Rescuing and preserving Middle Eastern texts and artefacts in the "post-custodial" age.

Binyamin Netanyahu celebrates his re-election. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
Might Binyamin Netanyahu surprise us all - again?
By Uri Dromi - 26 March 16:50

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu defied the polls to win re-election last week. Uri Dromes offers his quiet wish for statesmanship from the leader.

Tomb raiders: leaders' graves have come in for posthumous revenge throughout history
By James Dawson - 20 March 15:16

Saddam Hussein's demolished tomb is resonant in symbolism, but it is not a unique story.

How terror under the Tudors is reflected in the barbarity of Islamic State
By Mathew Lyons - 20 March 12:33

Historical parallels of religious self-righteousness and nascent nationalism.

Israeli election: surprise victory for Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud party
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 March 10:06

Although polls suggested a tight race, Israel's Prime Minister has won for another term.