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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Françoise Feugas
    Graduated in comparative literature and information and documentation sciences, worked as an archivist and project manager for the World Social Forum (WSF) and the European Social Forum (ESF). Editorial executive.

  • Nada Yafi
    Traductrice free-lance. Ex-interprète officielle pour la langue arabe, elle a été aussi diplomate française, puis directrice du centre de langue de l’Institut du monde arabe (IMA). Membre du comité d’orientation de la Fondation de l’Islam de France.

  • Claire Beaugrand
    Gulf research fellow at the Gulf Studies Centre at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on political and social dynamics in the Gulf countries. She is the author of Stateless in the Gulf: Migration, Nationality and Society in Kuwait (IB Tauris 2018).

  • Akram Belkaid
    Algerian journalist and writer. Journalist at the Monde diplomatique, and member of the Editorial team of Orient XXI . 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
    Emeritus research director, (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.

  • Chaymaa Hassabo
    Post-doctoral fellow, Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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 Séréni
    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.