Syria and the Regional Implications of the Crisis

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. The conflict in Syria is rapidly approaching the two-year mark, with no lasting cease-fire or negotiated settlement in sight. As the death toll continues to climb and the prolonged suffering of the Syrian people becomes more certain, questions abound about the ramifications of the…

Bridging the Gap between Oral History and Documentary Filmmaking in the Middle East

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. Sawt, meaning “voice” in Arabic, is an oral narrative and animation documentary project highlighting the experiences of female activists in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and their role in the nation’s dramatic transition to democracy. Rhana Natour and Tamara Shogaolu, documentary filmmakers and researchers living in New York…

Lessons in Development: Afghanistan and Bosnia

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. For the past 10 years, the international community has often tried to transplant “best practices” or “development successes” to Afghanistan with the idea that developing or post-conflict countries have experiences that might be instructive to Afghans.   In fact, Afghans have a few successes of…

Female Voices from Egypt, Mauritania and Tunisia

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this feature. Should women fear a reversal of social, political and economic rights under Islamist governments, or will they find new opportunities in all three sectors? Emna ben Arab (Assistant Professor, University of Sfax) and Laryssa Chomiak (Director, Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines á Tunis – CEMAT) participated in a…

Untold Stories: Oral Histories of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. To many, Afghanistan is a war-torn country doomed to conflict. For those who have discovered its true identity and potential, however, there are many stories to be told about it besides war. Shaharzad Akbar and Joanie Meharry are two young women who are up for…