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Middle East Complexities: Culture and Conflict

Use this guide to find and evaluate information and resources related to Middle East complexities. 

Video Databases

These databases contain thousands of films on many topics. Films can be streamed and viewed in their entirety or by segment. You can create a private and free user account in each database to keep track of favorites and to create clips and playlists. 

Videos from the Web

YouTube has proven to be  a very valuable tool, used by the dissidents in the Middle East to provide up-to-the minute news when state-run media were providing only the views of the government.  As always, discretion is advised when using YouTube, especially in political situations, where the opposing side can post the party or official line or even falsified videos.

You can try a general search such as Middle East unrest. Or, to get more specific results, trying adding a country name to your search. Examples: Libya protestEgypt facebook revolutionSyria civil war. If you want videos from CNN, BBC or another network, try this kind of search: ISIS BBC

YouTube searches often return a huge number of results. In the upper left hand corner of the YouTube screen, you'll see Filters. Click on this to limit your videos to those uploaded today, this week, this month, etc. The Filters feature provides you with additional ways to limit your search as well.

Music Videos

The Origins of ISIS (Islamic State)

Published on Nov 17, 2014 by the Brookings Institution. Longtime CIA veteran and counterterrorism expert Bruce Riedel details the origins and history of ISIS and how the extremist group's self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi came to power.

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