On War and Peace

Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Diego Delso. Egypt, 2011.
February 21, 2017 / The National Interest
by Geneive Abdo

Religion, not geopolitics, is at the center of how many Egyptians see regional threats.

Taimaa, a young Syrian mother of two, takes the overnight bus from Thessaloniki to Athens to find out which European country has decided to accept her claim for asylum. It is a time fraught with uncertainty. Will she get Germany? France? Or a country she has never heard of? Image by Lynsey Addario. Greece, 2017.
February 21, 2017 / Time
by Aryn Baker, Lynsey Addario

A Syrian Family in Greece makes one more risky journey, this time to learn their fate in the European asylum lottery

February 20, 2017
by Faraz Chaudry, tracy.crowley

Teacher Faraz Chaudry describes how he used "Fractured Lands" to examine the unraveling of the Middle East with 8th grade students in Wheeling, IL.

Metal factory workers in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod strike after unionizing with the labor group, WAC Ma'an. Image by Miriam Berger. Israel, 2016.
February 17, 2017
by Miriam Berger

Journalist Miriam Berger reports on the impact of privatization policies on Israeli and Palestinian security, labor, and welfare sectors—among the most important, and overlooked, developments shapi

Birds eye view of homes and businesses in Israel. Image by Miriam Berger. Israel, 2014.
February 15, 2017 / U.S. News and World Report
by Miriam Berger

How decades of privatization have led to Israel's other housing crisis -- soaring prices -- and its relationship to Israeli politics, support for right-wing policies and settlements included.

Najiba holds her nephew, Shabir, who was injured from the same bomb blast that killed his sister. Najiba watched over the children while Shabir’s mother buried her daughter. Image by Paula Bronstein. Afghanistan, 2016.
February 13, 2017
by Paula Bronstein

Paula Bronstein took home an award from World Press Photo for her work in Afghanistan supported by the Pulitzer Center.

Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer at Washington University discussing A New Approach to the Middle East. United States, 2017.
February 8, 2017
by Jon Sawyer

What next for the Middle East? Former administration officials seek new policy solutions harnessing the resources and human capital of the region.

Border crossing in Ras Jdir near Ben Gardenne. Image by Paolo Pellegrin. Tunisia, 2011.
February 8, 2017
by Scott Anderson

Pulitzer Center grantee headlines this Campus Consortium event focusing on the Middle East through the lives of six individuals he interviewed for his landmark New York Times Magazine piece.

A Syrian refugee in Greece, Ilham Alarabi thought moving from a tent to a hotel would help her family. But with five sons all under the age of seven, it has proved to be chaotic. Image by Lynsey Addario. Greece, 2016.
February 7, 2017 / Time
by Aryn Baker, Lynsey Addario

A Syrian refugee in Greece, Illham Alarabi thought her life would be better once she moved out of the refugee camp and into a hotel. She was wrong.

Met Abdel Moneim al Shahat, a powerful Salafist leader who has been at the forefront of a campaign in Egypt aimed at keeping Shi’a Muslims out of the country and confronting those Sunnis, particularly the youth, who dare to convert to Shi’ism. Image by Geneive Abdo. Egypt, 2017.
February 6, 2017
by Geneive Abdo

After years of the raging wars in Iraq and Syria, most people still think the conflicts are about territory and political power. But religious practice and belief have a lot to do with it.

Al-Azhar Mosque and University. Image from Islamic Monthly magazine, courtesy of Flickr. Egypt, 2016.
February 5, 2017 / The Islamic Monthly
by Geneive Abdo

Whose Islam is it? This is the key question that divides the Middle East.

Women in Darfur are challenging cultural norms and creating political space. Image by Kira Zalan. Sudan, 2016.
February 4, 2017 / Rewire
by Kira Zalan

Over the past three years, 16 women and the local organizations they run in Darfur have intervened in dozens of disputes and brokered solutions.