The horror and confusion of events in Israel and Gaza leaves us with so many questions, many of which are very hard to answer. But amid the daily barrage of news reports, often unverified, we’re here to bring you calm analysis and deep understanding from leading experts in the region and its complex politics and history.
I’ve been talking to Simon Mabon, professor of international relations at Lancaster University, about how the unravelling conflict could affect the wider Middle East region. Is the much-vaunted peace agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia now dead in the water? How is Iran likely to react to the escalation in violence? And where does this leave the already diminishing prospects of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine? All these questions and more are
answered in our Middle East Q&A.
And here’s a rolling update of The Conversation’s analysis across all its sites.
We’ve also got experts in physics and astronomy to explain why they believe the afterglow of a massive collision between two giant planets has been detected for the first time – and that the wreckage could one day form an entirely new planet.