I’ve long wanted to steal the unofficial motto of the news publication edited by my brother in Europe: “We give you the background of the news, not the foreground.” That’s what we do at The Conversation, too, and that’s how we have covered the war in Israel-Gaza that started almost two weeks ago.

You can tune into CNN or read The New York Times or AP’s websites for up-to-the-minute reporting. You can read our coverage to understand why those things are happening.

This newsletter is a showcase of our coverage since the beginning of the war. Here are some notable recent stories:

Last week in this newsletter, I said we would keep covering this war, which was nowhere near over. We commit to the same thing today: To cover the context, history and ramifications of this tragic event via the expertise of scholars who know the subject at the deepest level. Like I said, the background, not the foreground.

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Naomi Schalit

Senior Editor, Politics + Democracy

Family and friends of those taken hostage by Hamas during an attack on Israel react during a press conference on Oct. 13, 2023, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Leon Neal/Getty Images

Deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust spurs a crisis of confidence in the idea of Israel – and its possible renewal

Avner Cohen, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Israel’s foundational social contract – that the government would keep Israelis safe – was severed with the deadly attacks by Hamas on Oct. 7, 2023.

The 1973 Yom Kippur War proved a watershed moment in Middle East conflict and Israel’s politics. Daniel Rosenblum/Keystone/Getty Images

Hamas assault echoes 1973 Arab-Israeli war – a shock attack and questions of political, intelligence culpability

Dov Waxman, University of California, Los Angeles

Failings leading up to the Arab-Israeli War of 50 years ago cost the then Israeli prime minister their job. Could history repeat?

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Riyadh on Oct. 15, 2023. Royal Court of Saudi Arabia/Anadolu via Getty Images

Saudi plans to ‘de-risk’ region has taken a hit with Gaza violence − but hitting pause on normalization with Israel will buy kingdom time

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Rice University

A decade of de-escalation among Gulf states could be at risk if Israel-Hamas violence spills across region. And that could threaten Saudi plans to transform the kingdom.

The Israel-Hamas war: No matter who loses, Iran wins

Aaron Pilkington, University of Denver

The Palestinian fighters who launched deadly attacks into Israel on Oct. 7 are not Iranian puppets – but they are doing the work Iran wants done.

Hamas and Hezbollah: how they are different and why they might cooperate against Israel

Julie M Norman, UCL

Hezbollah’s full involvement in the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict would likely open up a regional war.

Israel has no good options for dealing with Hamas’ hostage-taking in Gaza

James Forest, UMass Lowell

An estimated 150 hostages were taken by Hamas in Israel and brought back to Gaza. The government of Israel faces tough choices in dealing with the crisis.

Gaza depends on UN and other global aid groups for food, medicine and basic services – Israel-Hamas war means nothing is getting in

Topher L. McDougal, University of San Diego

Many people in Gaza are reliant on the United Nations and other international aid groups to meet their basic needs, like food and medical care. A scholar of peace and conflict economics explains why.