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Algeria Morocco border

Smuggling and security on North Africa’s broken borders


North Africa’s troubled borders are havens for smuggling and armed groups. Here’s what can be done to make them more secure.

Middle East Weekly podcast

Podcast: Rebel Aleppo’s final hours, Morocco migration, and bombings in Istanbul


Middle East Weekly discusses rebel Aleppo’s final hours, a migration route through Morocco to Europe, and last week’s deadly bombing in Istanbul.

President Clinton: The Arab world’s perspective


  For Republicans, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s Middle East policy has been a lightning rod. In addition to Clinton’s email scandal, Republicans have frequently criticized positions the former secretary of state took during the 2010-11 Arab Spring uprising and the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Arab world’s pundits have […]

Amazigh women take center stage at Boston film festival


https://vimeo.com/160778132   Boston’s Amazigh community came together at Lesley University on Saturday for the eighth annual Amazigh Film Festival, a celebration of Amazigh culture through film. The Amazigh are the descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa (they are also colloquially called “Berbers,” though that term is considered pejorative by some). Today, Amazigh people live scattered across […]

Gender, Race and Identity

President Trump: The Arab World’s Perspective


Since launching his presidential bid last year, Donald Trump has come under fire for promising to “take” Iraq’s oil, ban Muslims from entering the United States, and subject terrorism suspects to “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” So how does the Arab world – which is the focus of some of Trump’s most bellicose rhetoric – view […]


The Hijacking of Algerian Identity


Mr. Kheireddine Bekkai is a senior lecturer in French and Arabic at the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Boston University. He holds an MA in the Instruction of French as a Foreign Language from La Sorbonne in Paris, France. He also holds two BAs, one in Applied Foreign Languages with a focus on Arabic, […]

Oil, Ideology, and Regime Adaptation in the Rentier Republics: A Comparison of Libya and Algeria


Edith Chen is a Master in Middle Eastern Studies candidate at Harvard University. Her research interests include the history and politics of North Africa, as well as the development and practice of Islamic law. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in public policy studies and a certificate in Islamic studies. Abstract: The Arab […]

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