WorldViews: Middle East


Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Why Sunnis and Shiites are fighting, explained in two minutes

A brief video guide to sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Religion

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 01/08/2014

This fascinating chart shows how Middle Easterners think women should dress

A study asked people in seven countries to pick the most appropriate clothing.

By Max Fisher  |  03:58 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender, Middle East

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The story behind the photo: Journalist's 11-month-old son killed in Gaza strikes

The BBC's Jihad Misharawi was in his Gaza home when a round killed his young son and sister-in-law.

By Max Fisher  |  07:34 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Does the Gaza crisis make Israeli strikes on Iran more likely?

Maybe, but only if the Israeli military has changed its 2010 assessment of its capability of carrying out that mission.

By Max Fisher  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Middle East Twitter users mock Arab League's slow response to Gaza

"When will the Arab world develop the advanced technology of conference calling?"

By Max Fisher  |  11:43 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 11/15/2012

The story behind the photo: Journalist's 11-month-old son killed in Gaza strikes

The BBC's Jihad Misharawi was in his Gaza home when a round killed his young son and sister-in-law.

By Max Fisher  |  10:05 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/15/2012

WikiLeaks cable: Israel worried about Hamas producing its own weapons

In a 2009 meeting, Israeli defense officials explained some of the rationale for that year's invasion into Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  09:01 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 11/14/2012

How will Egypt respond to Israeli strikes on Gaza?

Cairo has already recalled its ambassador over the Israeli strikes.

By Max Fisher  |  05:32 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Israeli military and Hamas exchange threats on Twitter

The IDF and al-Qassam Brigade accounts are talking tough.

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Analysts fear wide-reaching fallout from Israeli strikes on Gaza

Middle East-watchers, never an optimistic bunch, worry about ripple affects across the region.

By Max Fisher  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East, Turkey

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Israeli military releases video of Gaza strike on Hamas leader

Here's the Israeli strike that killed Ahmed Jabari in Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Israeli military announces readiness for ground war in Gaza

Some analysts see echoes of the 2008 Cast Lead incursion into Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Protests break out in Jordan, mention king by name

Is this just another bump in the status quo or a serious challenge to the monarchy?

By Max Fisher  |  04:49 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring, Jordan, Middle East

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Libyan militias failed security at Benghazi

A consistent feature of reports about the Benghazi attack is Libyan security falling short, but were the problems foreseeable?

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Middle East

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 11/02/2012

WSJ: State Dept. and CIA had secret, botched deal for Benghazi security

The story sheds new light on the attack, but raises two important questions.

By Max Fisher  |  12:02 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Middle East

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 11/01/2012

New details on ambassadors failed, fateful push for more security at Benghazi

Piecing together the latest reports on Chris Stevens' effort to boost consulate security and what it suggests about the lead-up to the attack.

By Max Fisher  |  06:39 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Middle East

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/30/2012

The world is watching: Global concern, boasting, jokes over Hurricane Sandy

From French concerns about global warming to extremist Saudi calls for more destruction, how the world sees America's storm.

By Max Fisher  |  10:57 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, europe, France, Middle East

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Saudi Arabia faces an existential dilemma as religious tourism flatlines

Economically, the Kingdom is right to not invest in allowing more Hajj arrivals, but is there more at stake?

By Max Fisher  |  01:34 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Qatars foray into Gaza politics: Bad for Iran, good for Israel?

The oil-rich kingdom may seek to pry Hamas away from Tehran's influence.

By Max Fisher  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East, Qatar

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2012

What the Arab Spring has done for womens equality, in one chart

The short answer: so far, not much.

By Max Fisher  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring, Gender, Middle East

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Why Wissam al-Hassan matters for the Middle East

The Lebanese official's death may mark an increasing internationalization of the Syrian war.

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lebanon, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/16/2012

The presidential debates: The unspoken assumptions behind the foreign policy topics

Of the six debate topics on Oct. 22, why are four about national security and none about economics? Three Middle East and no Europe?

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy