April 5, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – April 2018

Syria Hope Is Lost. Still We Have One Chance Left. The Living Hope Eastern Ghouta is considered one of the largest strongholds of those factions making up the Syrian opposition. It is controlled by organizations like “the Army of Islam,” the “Rahman Corps” of the Free Syrian Army and the […]
March 1, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – March 2018

Syria The Masks Have Fallen, Revealing the Ugly Faces of Imposters; We Are Left Alone to Face our God The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accused the US-led international coalition against ISIS of committing what it called a “brutal massacre” in the countryside of Deir el-Zor, following a military […]
February 2, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – February 2018

Lebanon The Candidates to the Protestant Seat in Parliament in the Upcoming General Elections Will Need to Remember that they Are Called to be “Stewards not Lords, Servants not Masters” On Friday, the 15th of January 2018, the Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Nouhad Al-Mashnouk, signed the draft electoral […]
January 4, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – January 2018

Lebanon Lebanon is not merely a country; it is a message The repercussions of President Trump’s announcement, on the 6th of December 2017, regarding Jerusalem and the transfer of the American Embassy, have held prominent place of late in the Lebanese political arena. The announcement is widely viewed as having cancelled all […]
December 7, 2017

IMES Regional Brief – December 2017

Lebanon The complexity of the Lebanese crisis teaches us not to rush to hasty conclusions regarding the Middle East and its numerous religious groups Once again last month, the Arab World was caught in the crossfire of the Sunni-Shiite regional struggle that keeps threatening the future of this region’s people. […]
October 12, 2017

IMES Blog Relaunch – November 2017

The Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) is pleased to announce that new content for our blog will be arriving this November 2017. We have been under construction these last few weeks, and as such ask your forgiveness in the delay of our relaunch. But, our team of respected scholars, […]
September 29, 2016

Is It for the Poor to Seek Justice and Liberation?

By Rupen Das I have been intrigued that nowhere in Scripture does God encourage or exhort the poor to seek justice. [1] Throughout the Bible, the responsibility for social justice and care for the poor and those on the margins of life is on society as a whole, on every individual. […]
August 31, 2016

Welcome to The IMES Blog!

Welcome to the official blog of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES), a research and resource institute of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. IMES addresses subjects significant to the MENA region prophetically, sensitively and in a non-partisan manner for the purpose of carrying out its mandate to bring […]