Category - middle east

  • December 10, 2013

    In recognising the human endurance, perseverance, vision, humility, lack of bitterness and political ability that characterised Nelson Mandela, analyst and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the response of Palestinians and others from the Middle East and North Africa region to his passing. There are uncomfortable truths to be faced in all this, he suggests.

  • November 30, 2013

    What worries many powers today are Iranian encroaching attempts to enrich high-grade uranium. Has the deal that has just been done alleviated those fears, or merely been a piece of window dressing? Regional commentator and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian examines the complexities, political dynamics and regional (global, indeed) implications of the Iran nuclear deal.

  • November 22, 2013

    "Christians 'face extinction' in their ancient homelands because of a rising tide of sectarian attacks." That was the way the Daily Telegraph signalled the content of a talk by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi last week.

  • November 16, 2013

    Forget what self-appointed experts might tell you or what political bureaucrats might suggest either. Just cast a quick look for yourself at the Middle East North Africa (MENA) map today, says regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian. The inescapable conclusion – the revealing truth, if you will – is that things are not going well at all. In fact, things are quite messy – and perilously so too.

  • November 13, 2013

    In his latest podcast for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) expert commentator and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian looks at a variety of political, religious and legal realities making news inside and outside the region.

  • October 31, 2013

    The Middle East and North Africa, including its Christian communities, will continue to be a locus of concern for the WCC, its General Secretary affirms.

  • October 31, 2013

    Dr Wedad Abbas Tawfik has told the WCC 10th Assembly of her experiences and hopes for change as a Coptic Christian from Egypt.

  • October 29, 2013

    Gulan are organising an event at the Royal Geographical Society (Thursday 31 October) that sheds light on the culture, history and day-to-day life of an overlooked minority, Christians in Kurdistan.

  • October 24, 2013

    "A constantly developing situation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region requires an equally constant and developing vigilance," comments regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian in introducing his latest podcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

  • October 19, 2013

    Many uncertain – and as yet unanswerable – questions prey on commentators' minds about Turkey today. Can it indeed play a constructive global (read: stabilising) role in the Middle East and North Africa region or is it merely a spoiler at best and a bully at worst? Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian explores the issues around and behind Turkey's current situation.