Middle East, North Africa, and Greater Arabia

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Outgoing British Council director in Iraq sees reasons for optimism, despite rise of Islamic State

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A scholar in the oil-rich state takes in Mecca, art and quiet transgressions, says Madawi Al-Rasheed

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They can cause confusion about qualifications and embarrassment for institutions, so why are they awarded? Malcolm Gillies investigates

Kabul

American University of Afghanistan ‘devastated’ by abductions

Publications

China dominates the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars list

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Senior figure sees ‘strong signals’ that Turkey’s academy has been infiltrated, despite international criticism

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Tuition rises have left middle classes ‘slammed’, and low African American enrolments can cause tensions, warns Gene Block

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Scholar argues that discussion could benefit from more light and less heat

Man working at Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME)

Sophie Cohen reports on a groundbreaking cross-border science project that aims to emulate Cern in bringing nations together despite their history 

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Projecting their hopes and fears on to Israel has polarised Jews in the US, says William Kolbrener

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Six months after the PhD student’s murder in Egypt, John Elmes looks at the case and talks to those who were close to the promising young scholar

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Scholar says overseas outposts cannot compete with universities abroad without delivering a ‘superior’ service

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Unprecedented ’cleansing’ of academia may force many leading minds to leave the country, scholar warns

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Unbeatable? This extremist group has little to offer in times of peace, says Christina Hellmich

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The report’s deep meditation on foreign policy makes it more than an inquest into the failings of individuals and institutions in the conduct of the Iraq War, argues Glen Rangwala

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The active participation of universities is crucial to the accuracy and breadth of the information THE collects, writes Duncan Ross
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British College of Bahrain likely to reignite debate about country’s human rights record

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Martin McQuillan and Shahidha Bari consider the Brexit debate and the higher education sector’s role in it

Obituary: Michael Feige, 1957-2016

A sociologist and anthropologist who investigated some of the most challenging aspects of Israeli society has died

Jean-Lou Chameau president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Jean-Lou Chameau says new institution has established 'remarkable' research record since opening and has not been influenced by Saudi Arabian cultural issues