September 17, 2014 / Untold Stories
James Harkin
The Islamic State (ISIS) is recruiting increasing numbers of displaced Syrian youth. In many ways, it operates as a darkly militant variant of youth culture rebellion.
September 16, 2014 / Newsweek
James Harkin
Since the first week of July, Kobani has been under intense attack on all fronts. Though the results of the campaign are inconclusive, it’s clear that the Islamists are making incremental gains.
September 9, 2014 / The Washington Post
Sebastian Meyer
Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Iraqi government soldiers and Shiite militiamen take two towns from ISIL militants.
May 15, 2014 / The New Yorker
Jenna Krajeski
Coal is Turkey’s most exploited indigenous source of energy. And it is at the center of political power.
May 14, 2014 / The Revealer
Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer
A small but worrying number of Iraqi Kurds have joined militant Islamist fighting in Syria. Is it simply religious fervor dictating their choices?
Image by Sebastian Meyer. Iraq, 2014.
May 2, 2014
Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer
Today Iraq is consumed by sectarian fighting, but in the north the legacy of the US-led war is progress. Iraqi Kurdistan has autonomy, security, and oil. But what is Kurdistan beyond "the other Iraq...
May 1, 2014 / The New Yorker
Jenna Krajeski, Sebastian Meyer
Violence in Anbar province has displaced tens of thousands of families. A Kurdish resort town struggles to adjust to an influx of the displaced.
April 23, 2014 / Al Monitor
Caryle Murphy
Saudi Arabia’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization has mystified many Saudis and complicated the kingdom’s regional policies.
April 14, 2014 / Al Monitor
Caryle Murphy
Although Saudis welcomed the elevation of Prince Muqrin, 68, many wonder whether a younger, more energetic leadership might be better equipped to handle future economic and development challenges.
April 14, 2014 / GlobalPost
Caryle Murphy
Syria, Iran, Egypt and oil are pushing the US and Saudi Arabia apart, as President Obama's recent cool reception the kingdom showed.
April 3, 2014 / Untold Stories
Caryle Murphy
With technology bringing the outside world in, attitudes toward religion are changing in Saudi Arabia.
April 1, 2014 / The New York Times
Caryle Murphy
Saudi Arabia is in the throes of far-reaching transformation. Will it destroy a partnership with the United States?
Image by Caryle Murphy. Saudi Arabia, 2014.
April 1, 2014
Caryle Murphy
Saudi Arabia's religious landscape is evolving, posing challenges to the ultraconservative version of Islam on which the kingdom was founded. What will that mean for its future governance?

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