All Previous Issues

2022 #3
Published on 4th October, 2022

Manara’s third issue of 2022, “Rapprochement and Realignment in the Middle East,” considers how a diplomatic deluge is reshaping regional politics in real time. Old rivalries between Sunni and Shia and Muslim and Jew, intra-Gulf tensions, and ideological struggles appear to have been set aside in pursuit of shared gains.

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2022 #2
Published on 2nd July, 2022

If one were to rely merely on media coverage and the day-to-day events of the Middle East and North Africa, one could easily reach the conclusion that conflict and strife are what define the region. However, this remains far from the truth and could serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy. This raises the question of how an external actor ought to engage a region that has been primarily viewed through a security lens.

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2022 #1
Published on 17th March, 2022

In the tumult of the current affairs news cycle, the perspectives of minorities and marginalised groups rarely get aired. It is for this reason that Manara’s first issue of 2022, ‘Suffering, Perseverance, and Hope: Minority Voices from the Middle East and North Africa’, seeks to bring to light oft-overlooked stories about, and views from, minorities in the Middle East and North Africa.

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2021 #4
Published on 8th December, 2021

The majority of the world’s population today lives in Asia and the continent’s economic significance is only continuing to grow. As the world’s geopolitical center of gravity shifts increasingly eastward, so, too, does the region’s significance for the Middle East and North Africa. “The East and the Middle East” is the second in a series of two issues on foreign engagement with and influence in the Middle East and North Africa in Manara Magazine.

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2021 #3
Published on 31st October, 2021

This issue of Manara Magazine gathers the voices of expert commentators, think tank researchers, as well as emerging professionals to paint a picture of Western powers’ actions in the MENA region over the coming year. The “West and the Middle East: The Year Ahead” is the first in a series of two issues on foreign engagement with and influence in the Middle East and North Africa region in Manara Magazine. More information on the upcoming issue can be found on our Submissions page.

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2022 #2
Published on 10th May, 2021

Ten years on, traces from the Arab Spring continue to reverberate around the Middle East and North Africa. This issue of Manara Magazine gathers a range of voices from across the region in policy, journalism, and academia who were at the cutting edge of the events of the last decade to reflect upon the past, explain the present, and draw lessons for the future.

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2021 #1
Published on 16th March, 2021

If there is one thing that the Middle East and North Africa are not, it is static. The region, often associated with social conservatism and rigid governments, has been and is continuing to experience seismic shifts in its geopolitical reality. It is for this reason that we at Manara chose “transition” as our theme.

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2020 #3
Published on 14th December, 2020

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2020 #2
Published on 4th September, 2020

‘As Crises Unfold: How the MENA Region Responds’ – a pressing and prescient topic which, in many ways, is explored in real time. The core of our issue is, of course, focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: one of the biggest and most significant global public health crises of recent years.

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2 July 2022

“Economics and Rebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa” showcases articles about the various ways of conceiving the region’s economies as well as reconstruction.