What is epektasis? It is primarily about politics. But it is also about human rights, democracy, good governance, peace, justice and reconciliation at a time of turbulence across the MENA region.
Epektasis.net deals with issues impacting the peoples of the Middle East - conflict backgrounds, symptoms, realities, fears and possible solutions - that are viewed through a dual Middle Eastern-European lens.
Inasmuch as possible, my articles adhere to the overarching Christian ethos of striving to 'stretch forward' (epekteinomenos in Greek, from St Paul in Phil 3:13) - politically, ecumenically and legally - the elements of peace, justice, reconciliation, dignity, non-violence and security.
And being an international lawyer myself, I am biased enough to argue that the judicial process could now separate the chaff from the wheat and judge on the best way forward.
Why, the more naive reader might well ask me?
So is this the dystopian end of hope as I understand it for Syria?
The organisers offered me ninety generous minutes to cover the whole MENA and Gulf regions.
I am not too sure I hold such absolute truths with utter conviction, and so here are my thoughts.