Middle East and North Africa: Shifting landscapes

Harry Hagopian


The past year has seen further major developments in the Middle East and North Africa. In this short paper, regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian offers insight into some of the major themes that might guide an overview of the region, and engagement with the political, religious and local/global dimensions of the MENA countries in 2016.  


Introduction – page 1

1. Christian communities under long-term pressure – page 2

2. The forcible push-back against freedom and democracy – page 2

3. Signs of Western retrenchment – page 3

4. Terror and autocracy go hand-in-hand – page 3

5. On not forgetting the significance of Israel-Palestine – page 3

6. Who are we really listening to? – page 4

7. The perils of drawing lines and passing the buck – page 4

Concluding hopes and misgivings – page 4

Excerpted articles from 2015 – page 5

The author – page 6

About Ekklesia – page 6

* Read and download the full paper here (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat document): http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/sites/ekklesia.co.uk/files/mena_2016.pdf