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Dozens of wars, endless peace negotiations, terrorism and oil: The Middle East is a tinderbox of competing national and international interests beset by religious strife. The top international interests include stabilizing Iraq's fledgling democracy and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

'This Process Will Fail': Ex-Hamas Head Meshal on Trump's Mideast Peace Initiative

'This Process Will Fail': Ex-Hamas Head Meshal on Trump's Mideast Peace Initiative

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing for a new Middle East peace initiative. Khaled Meshal offers his take on the chances for success. He's the most powerful man within Hamas, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the EU and the U.S. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé and Christiane Hoffmann in Doha, Qatar more... Comment ]

Child of Israel: A Terrorist, a Killing and the Search for Justice

Child of Israel: A Terrorist, a Killing and the Search for Justice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2016

In March, Israeli soldier Elor Azaria killed a wounded Palestinian attacker. After a video of the event surfaced, the military put Azaria on trial. But for many in the country, he is a hero. Who is right? By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]


Doubts about Authenticity: Momentous Syria Interview Under Fire

Doubts about Authenticity: Momentous Syria Interview Under Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2016

German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer filmed an interview with an alleged rebel commander near Aleppo. The claims made by the commander -- that the US was supporting al-Qaida -- made headlines around the world. But was the interview authentic? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Unimaginable Horrors: The War-Crimes Lawyer Hunting Syrian War Criminals

Unimaginable Horrors: The War-Crimes Lawyer Hunting Syrian War Criminals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2016

In 2012, David Crane helped put notorious Liberian dictator Charles Taylor behind bars. Now he's turned his attention to Syria and is overseeing a project to assemble a massive database of President Bashar Assad's war crimes. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

The Law of Revenge: Deadly Hatred among Anti-IS Alliance in Iraq

The Law of Revenge: Deadly Hatred among Anti-IS Alliance in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2016

The US is fighting together with an alliance of rival groups to defeat IS in Iraq. Deadly violence in a city north of Baghdad shows, however, that once the Islamists are defeated, erstwhile allies may turn their weapons on each other. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Foreign Policy Shift: Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin

Foreign Policy Shift: Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2016

Top Berlin officials are becoming less inclined to unconditionally support Israel. With the two-state solution increasingly unlikely, there is concern that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is "instrumentalizing" Germany's friendship. By Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Palestinian President Abbas: 'The World Must Not Forget Us'

Palestinian President Abbas: 'The World Must Not Forget Us'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2016

On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Angela Merkel in Berlin, where he will ask for support in pushing the peace process forward. In an interview, he says the issue has been on the back burner for far too long. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]


Activating the Sleepers: Islamic State Adopts a New Strategy in Europe

Activating the Sleepers: Islamic State Adopts a New Strategy in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2016

Last week's attacks in Brussels show that Islamic State has built up a sophisticated network of terrorists that goes well beyond al-Qaida's capabilities. It is now able to strike using sleepers who have not yet been identified by security officials. By Christoph Reuter in Beirut more... Comment ]

Dancing with the Abyss: Netanyahu's Toxic Embrace with Israel

Dancing with the Abyss: Netanyahu's Toxic Embrace with Israel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2016

A new wave of killings has plagued Israel for the past several months, with hopes for a two-state solution growing remoter than ever. The threat of violence is helping Benjamin Netanyahu maintain power, but it is also corroding the country's society. By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]