Who we are

We are a group of journalists, academics, social activists and former diplomats; and because the Levant is close to our hearts we wish to contribute to a better understanding of that region, so close to us in Europe and yet with such a distorted and incomplete image in our media.

Using our own resources and with contributions from a wide range of horizons, inside our borders and beyond, we hope to offer a rich and diversified approach to that part of the world in a state of radical upheaval and whose future concerns us all.

  • Claire Beaugrand
    Research fellow with the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), Palestinian Territories, core researcher in the European Research Council project “When authoritarianism fails in the Arab world (Wafaw), 2013-2017.

  • Akram Belkaid
    Algerian journalist and writer. Collaborator of the Monde Diplomatique, Afrique Méditerranée Business and the Maghreb émergent website. He is also a chronicler at the Quotidien d’Oran.
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  • Laurent Bonnefoy
    Research officer with the CNRS (Ceri/Sciences Po, Paris), co-initiator of the CER project “When authoritarianism fails in the Arab world” (2023-2017). Specialist of Islamism in the Arab Peninsula.

  • François Burgat
    Director of Research with the CNRS (Iremam, Aix-en-Provence), initiator of the ERC project ‟When authoritarianism fails in the Arab world” 2013-2017).

  • Marc Cher-Leparrain
    Former diplomat in the Middle East.

  • Sylvain Cypel
    Formerly a member of the editorial board of Le Monde and previously editor in chief of Courrier International, he is the author of Walled: Israeli Society at an Impasse, Other Press, 2007.

  • Chris Den Hond
    Video-reporter and author of several news features, dealing notably with the Kurds, the Palestinian refugees and the Gaza Strip.

  • Nicolas Dot-Pouillard
    Research fellow with the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) in Beirut. Core researcher in the Wafaw programme. Author of Tunisie: la révolution et ses passés, Iremmo/L’Harmattan, 2013.

  • Françoise Feugas
    Journalist, archivist, social activist; editorial executive.

  • Alain Gresh
    Publication director of Orient XXI. A specialist in the Near East, he is the author of several books, including De quoi la Palestine est-elle le nom ?, Les Liens qui libèrent, 2010 and et Un chant d’amour. Israël-Palestine, une histoire française, with Hélène Aldeguer, éditions La Découverte, 2017.

  • Chaymaa Hassabo
    Researcher and associate professor of the history of the contemporary Arab world at Le Collège de France.

  • Bernard Hourcade
    Geographer, director of research emeritus with the CNRS, former head of the Institut français de recherche en Iran (1978-1993) and the research team Monde iranien (1992-2003).

  • Hana Jaber
    Research fellow working at the Arab Reform Initiative. She is co-author of Mondes en mouvement, Migrants et migrations au Moyen-Orient au tournant du XXIe siècle, éditions IFPO, 2005 and Terrorismes : Histoire et droit, éditions CNRS, 2009.

  • Aboubakr Jamai
    Journaliste marocain, directeur du programme des relations internationales à l’Institut américain universitaire (IAU College) d’Aix-en-Provence. Il a fondé et dirigé les hebdomadaires marocains Le Journal Hebdomadaire et Assahifa Al Ousbouiya.

  • Henri Mamarbachi
    Former journalist at Agence France Presse (AFP). Was head of the agency’s offices in Beirut and Rabat and of its diplomatic and economic service in Paris.

  • Warda Mohamed
    Blog Sans Transition

  • Khadija Mohsen-Finan
    Doctorate in political science (Sciences Po, Paris) and a degree in history, lecturer and researcher on international relations at the Paris I University (Panthéon Sorbonne).

  • Pierre Prier

  • Jean-Pierre Sereni
    Journalist, former manager of Le Nouvel Economiste and managing editor of L’Express. Author of several books on Maghreb, Gulf countries, energy, major business leaders and the Fifth French Republic.

  • Claire Talon
    Journaliste indépendante basée au Caire, spécialiste de l’Égypte où elle a été la correspondante du Monde. Elle collabore aujourd’hui avec Mediapart. Elle a publié Al Jazeera, liberté d’expression et pétromonarchie, éditions PUF, 2011.

  • Alexis Varende
    Worked as a diplomat for France and the EU. He was mainly stationed in the Gulf countries and in Jerusalem. His main objects of study have been Arab and/or Muslim countries.

  • Nada Yafi
    Head of the language center at the Institut du Monde arabe (IMA).