middle east

  • 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.

  • 31 Aug 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).

  • 27 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".

  • 19 Aug 2013

    There must be a full, impartial and effective investigation into the shocking loss of life that has taken place in Egypt over the last week, say critics.

  • 15 Aug 2013

    The government has said it is deeply concerned at events in Cairo, but it has still failed to announce an embargo on arms sales to Egypt.

  • 4 Aug 2013

    The latest Middle East Analysis podcasts from Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian feature a comprehensive four-part analysis of some of the key developments in the region.

  • 4 Aug 2013

    Starting with 25 January 2011, symbolic date of the Egyptian revolution, and 30 June 2013, the symptomatic date of a ‘coup’ or ‘second revolution’, the internet has been full of observations, cogitations, explanations and justifications about events in Cairo, Ismailia, Suez, Alexandria, Sinai and other parts of this history-rich country. Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian looks at what is happening, and the varied responses it has elicited.