- Civil Society in Algeria: The Hirak, Non-violence and Youth Activism for Democracy
Jessica Ayesha Northey (Coventry University)
On 22 February 2019, Algeria saw the emergence of a peaceful movement for democracy, which brought ordinary people to the streets on an unprecedented scale. Known as the hirak, weekly marches of millions led to President Bouteflika standing down.
- China Straddling the Persian Gulf
Jonathan Fulton (Zayed University - Abu Dhabi, UAE)
China is a major economic actor in the Persian Gulf and its expansive Belt and Road Initiative ambitions add a strategic element. In an intensely competitive regional security environment, China has maintained an unusual approach, deepening ties with all Gulf states, perhaps best exemplified by its comprehensive strategic partnerships with Iran and its rivals Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- China’s Engagement and Relations with Iran
Anoush Ehteshami (Durham University)
China has been leading the Middle East/West Asia’s ‘Asianization’ since the late 1990s and has emerged as the primary trading and investment partner of ME/WAsian countries. PRC-IRI relations in this process stand out for both geopolitical and ideo-political reasons.
- Germany and Israel: Whitewashing and Statebuilding
Daniel Marwecki (Hong Kong University)
According to common perception, the Federal Republic of Germany supported the formation of the Israeli state for moral reasons—to atone for its Nazi past—but did not play a significant role in the Arab–Israeli conflict. However, the historical record does not sustain this narrative.
- Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture shaped Europe
Diana Darke (author)
This book uncovers a long yet often overlooked history of architectural ‘borrowing’, revealing the Arab and Islamic roots of Europe’s architectural heritage.
- Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic
Narges Bajoghli (Johns Hopkins University)
An inside look at what it means to be pro-regime in Iran, and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic.