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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.

Middle East Expert Vali Nasr: 'The U.S. Has To Get a Sense of Iran's Security Interests'

Middle East Expert Vali Nasr: 'The U.S. Has To Get a Sense of Iran's Security Interests'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2019

In an interview, Middle East expert and former White House adviser Vali Nasr warns of the danger of a new war in the region and calls on Europeans to oppose Washington's Iran policy. Interview Conducted By René Pfister more... Comment ]

Beaten but Not Defeated: Islamic State Plans Next Move After Loss of 'Caliphate'

Beaten but Not Defeated: Islamic State Plans Next Move After Loss of 'Caliphate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2019

In the desert between Iraq and Syria, mostly Kurdish forces have seized the last remaining pocket of the Islamic State's once sprawling dominion. But while the terrorists may have capitulated for now, many have gone underground to plan the next deadly phase. By Christoph Reuter more...


Arrests in Germany: Syrian Torturers Face Justice in Europe

Arrests in Germany: Syrian Torturers Face Justice in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2019

In a first, German authorities have arrested two men accused of being part of the Syrian regime's torture apparatus. Thousands of Syrian residents, and even German citizens, have been caught in Assad's jails, which have been the sites of widespread human rights abuses. By Jörg Diehl, Matthias Gebauer, Christoph Reuter, Vanessa Schlesier, Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

The Shadowy Arms Trade: A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal

The Shadowy Arms Trade: A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2018

An intermediary received a commission of almost $200 million for the sale of battle tanks to United Arab Emirates. Some of that money, though, may have been used to bribe government officials. By Sven Becker and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]


Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2018

After seven years of war, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has three-quarters of the country back under his control. But with Western reconstruction funding still tied to his departure, the future is murky. By Christoph Reuter, Fritz Schaap and Christian Werner more... Comment ]

Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2018

Aryana Sayeed, 33, is the only internationally known pop act in Afghanistan. She is adored by youth -- and hunted by the Taliban. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl more... Video ]


Chasing Paradise: A Palestinian Clan Dreams of Going Home

Chasing Paradise: A Palestinian Clan Dreams of Going Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2018

The members of a large Palestinian clan dream of escaping Gaza and going back to their homeland, the village of Ni'ilya. For 70 years, they've been imagining this return to a place that no longer exists, except in their collective memories. By Alexander Osang more... Comment ]

Biological Wills: Raising Israel's Posthumously Conceived Children

Biological Wills: Raising Israel's Posthumously Conceived Children

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2018

A landmark ruling in Israel has allowed babies to be conceived from frozen embryos or sperm collected from the now deceased. But as the number of these children grows, it is raising thorny questions. Is it ethical to conceive a child who will be half-orphaned at birth? By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]


The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2018

Officially, Islamic State has been driven out of the Hawija district of Iraq. But the jihadist groups are still there and continue to terrorize the populace. They often show up in the dark of night. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Trump's Jerusalem Folly: Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace

Trump's Jerusalem Folly: Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump prides himself on being a deal-maker. But his decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will produce only losers. It is time for Europe to take the lead in the Middle East peace process. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: 'I Don't See Potential Upsides'

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: 'I Don't See Potential Upsides'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2017

Richard Haass, 66, is a former U.S. diplomat and current director of the Council on Foreign Relations. He says that the timing of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel is troubling and potentially dangerous. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]