When we talk about the realities facing Syria's Christians, we do so from a comfortable studio in the centre of London. Today we get a valuable insight from one of Syria's Christian leaders - Reverend Harout Selimian.
Pope Francis meets refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, 16 April 2016. Our studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian discusses the visit in context with its humanitarian, ecumenical and political implications.
At a time when office parties, crazy-season shopping and the work wind-down are well underway, it's easy not only to get distracted and lose sight of Christ's coming at Christmas, but also to forget the region in which he was born.
We take a look at two countries that are seldom out of the international headlines these days - Syria and Egypt. For the main segment of our programme we discuss Dr Hagopian's open letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asking him whether he would be willing to step aside in consideration of Syria's future good and that of its people.
The Syria crisis has dominated our Middle East Analysis podcasts with monotonous and depressing regularity in recent years. In this podcast, we discuss an air attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, that according to reports resulted in over 100 civilian casualties. We also cover Egypt's new anti-terror laws, Israel resuming construction of the controversial Separation Wall in the Cremisan valley, Palestine and a final thought on Lebanon.
The news that Iran has signed a nuclear deal with six world powers - including Britain - dominates July's'Middle East Analysis'. On 14 July 2015, after nearly two years of heated negotiations, the P5+1 group consisting of the UK, the US, France, Germany, China and Russia came to an agreement with Iran that seriously limits its nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting global economic sanctions.
Welcome to June's 'Middle East Analysis' podcast. It's a packed half hour. Today we cover plenty of ground with our regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian. We look at the complexities of mere survival for Christians and other minorities of the Middle East North Africa region and much more.
In recent times, whenever we've discussed the Holy Land and the wider Middle East North Africa region, we've ended up discussing turmoil, violence and political tension. Frequently we ask the question "Where is the hope?" In this 'Middle East Analysis' podcast special we welcome His Beatitude Fouad Twal - the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem - into the studio to discuss the realities with our regular guest Dr Harry Hagopian.
In this extended podcast Bishop Declan Lang is joined by our Middle East North Africa consultant, Dr Harry Hagopian, to talk about his visit to Gaza in January 2015 and the stark realities facing Gazans. The fear of another conflict with Israel is palpable.
In this, the first 'Middle East Analysis' podcast of 2015, we've taken a bite-sized approach to Syria, Egypt and Libya. Joined, as always by our excellent studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian - an international lawyer and analyst who's the Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.
Today's 'Middle East Analysis' podcast, in the middle of Advent, deliberately steers away from the hard news angles of Iraq and Syria and instead looks to the Holy Land where the on-going lack of stability and peace reverberates around the whole region.
Today's podcast takes a close look at the Christian communities of the region with two knowledgeable guests. The first is the Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian. Sitting in front of the second guest mic is a Maronite Catholic from Beirut, Lebanon - the Rev Dr Michel Jalakh. Fr Jalakh is the General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches.
In our 'Middle East Analysis' podcasts, we regularly tour the MENA region to offer commentary and analysis on the political, religious and legal landscape. Today, thanks to our special studio guest, we're looking to the Gulf states.
In the first of October's 'Middle East Analysis' podcasts our regular studio guest, Bishops' consultant on the MENA region, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at a locally relevant chapter in Palestine's quest for statehood.
Ahead of October's full podcast, here's a mini 'Middle East Analysis' for you. The Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at the on-going fight to contain and repel IS/ISIS and the pressure on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. We also have an update on moves to bring stability to Libya.