IMES Blog

December 3, 2019

Syria Brief – December 2019

The Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria Reveals a Story of Kurdish Redemption by Martin Accad News On 7 October 2019, US President Donald Trump announced that he would begin the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria, where they had been providing airpower support primarily to Kurdish forces on the […]
November 28, 2019

Beirut, Bolivia, Baghdad, Algeria, Chile, and Hong Kong

by Robert Hamd From Beirut to Santiago, from Baghdad to Hong Kong, people are taking to the streets to protest. What all these countries have in common is that more people are poorer today than ever. Meanwhile, governing elites focus on the preservation of power and the accumulation of wealth, […]
November 26, 2019

Algeria Brief – November 2019

The Algerian Church is Crying Out: “Come over and help us” by Rabih Hasbany News “All churches in Algeria are at risk of closure,” reports an officer with the World Evangelical Alliance. On October 15 and 16, Algerian authorities shut down three Protestant churches in the province of Tizi Ouzou, […]
November 20, 2019

The State of Nation-Statehood: reflections for an Independence Day

by Brent Hamoud Tomorrow is November 22, Lebanese Independence Day, and it is bound to be another interesting day. Then again, every day of independence is interesting to me. Most of the world observes this modern phenomenon,[i] and surveying the list of when and from whom independence days were achieved […]
November 18, 2019

Sudan Brief – November 2019

Of the People, by the People, for the People Sudan’s New Government Heralds an Epoch of Change by Teresa Sfeir News The people of Sudan refused to back down this time. Months of unrelenting demonstrations led to the fall of decades-long President Omar al-Bashir from power this April. A transitional […]
November 13, 2019

The Road from Damascus: How a Syrian Christian Spoke at Harvard’s Commencement

by Jayson Casper Following Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria and establishment of a “safe zone” in coordination with Russia, the beleaguered nation faces another refugee crisis. According to the United Nations, 6.7 million Syrians have registered with their High Commission for Refugees. Turkey hosts the largest share, with 3.4 million, followed by Lebanon with 1 […]
November 11, 2019

Iraq Brief – November 2019

During these Times of Revolution, the Church Needs to Offer an Alternative to the Dominant Model by Martin Accad News In the month of October 2019, the global media reported the arrival of new disturbances, protests, and violent government reprisals and deaths in Iraq. As of early November, the death […]
November 7, 2019

Why Do the Nations Rage? The World’s Plea for Leadership with Integrity

by Mike Kuhn Media outlets are noticing an unprecedented proliferation of uprisings around the globe—Hong Kong, Chile, Addis Ababa, Baghdad, and of course, our own beloved Beirut. While some debate the legitimacy of Christians’ participation in these demonstrations, there is a more fundamental issue that is at stake as we […]