middle east

  • 31 Oct 2013

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

  • 29 Oct 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.

  • 24 Oct 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.

  • 19 Oct 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.

  • 12 Oct 2013

    Today, with the disarmament experts in Syria trying to dismantle the stockpiles of chemical weapons, let us not forget that the actual challenge is to stop the conventional war, says Ekklesia associate and regional commentator Dr Harry Hagopian. Given the facts on the ground, now is perhaps the intelligent time to contain the horrendous deaths as well as raw anger. Why? Because the alarming alternative for this 30-month war will be a macabre spectre that continues to haunt Syria, extend to its neighbouring countries, with more refugees, further radicalisation of society and a Somalia-like failed state, he says.

  • 9 Sep 2013

    US-based Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU) is urging President Obama to pursue peaceful means to address the Syria crisis.

  • 1 Sep 2013

    We should turn the crisis over into an opportunity, writes regional analyst and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian. With Russia on a back foot and Syria clearly anxious about the Western reaction, is it not possible to coerce the Syrian regime to sit at the negotiating table for a Geneva II style of negotiations that could usher in the transitional period. Do we not owe it to the people of Syria to try it, he asks?

  • 30 Aug 2013

    This week I have taken part in the first of what will be a monthly series of Premier Radio programmes on the MENA region - the full details are in the links at the foot of this page.

  • 29 Aug 2013

    Premier Radio, the national Christian radio station, is beginning a new regular slot analysing the Middle East and North Africa with Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian – starting tonight (29 August 2013).

  • 28 Aug 2013

    The performance of the young US State Department spokesperson on BBC Newsnight this evening (27 August) was extremely chilling, not least for the insouciant way in which a series of necessarily probing questions about a military strike on Syria were simply waved away with stock remarks like, "we'll factor that in".