Maria Margaronis explores the divided history of Cyprus, as a new settlement awaits.
Elif Shafak visits an Istanbul bookshop to see if modern Turkey is present on its shelves.
John Tusa chronicles the making of modern Iran.
The oil crisis of the 1950s led to the overthrow of a democratically elected government.
The fall of the Shah led to the creation of the world's first Islamic republic.
BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson reflects on recent events in Iran.
What power does Iran's Revolutionary Guard wield and what will they do now?
Simon Schama considers Israel's troubled life, its achievements and possible future.
Kamin Mohammadi says life under an authoritarian regime is lived more creatively.
The notoriety of Kuwait, Riyadh and Baghdad due to the Gulf War and beyond.
The moment Israel declared its independence, recalled by the last two surviving witnesses.
Katie takes a look at Turkey, which has become more popular with British holidaymakers.
Could a hot war with Iran be about to start? Analysis probes the West's options.