As we approach the Sacred Triduum in Holy Week, when Christians reflect on the profound sacrifice Christ made for humankind, and at a time when the Jewish community has started the feast of Passover, a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region seems religiously natural - as well as politically topical.
My latest in-depth podcast recorded for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England on Wales (CBCEW), and also shared here on Ekklesia, examines the ongoing struggles in Libya, and also takes a close look at the volatile situation developing in Syria. It last just under 29 minutes.
CBCEW material on the region as a whole can be found here: http://www.catholicchurch.org.uk/Catholic-Church/The-Bishops-Work/Middle... 
I have also recorded some Easter Week reflections for Premier Christian Radio (PCR), which will also run on Ekklesia, with the kind agreement of Ian Turner and staff.
The latest Libya and Syria podcast can be listened to and downloaded here (MP3 format) - http://www.catholicchurch.org.uk/content/download/8309/57187/file/mena5.mp3 
© Harry Hagopian is an international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant. He also acts as a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris, and he is a regular Ekklesia contributor (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/HarryHagopian ). Formerly, he was Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches. He is consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK) and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. Dr Hagopian’s own website is www.epektasis.net