New Research Voices’ first volume brings together 6 research articles from 6 academics based in various countries around the world. The research presented in the volume covers various topics – higher education in Syria, Thai-US-Chinese relations, same-sex desires in Islam, the death penalty in Iran, authoritarian developmentalism in Ethiopia and the difficulties of carrying out research in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The glue that binds this volume together is that all the contributing authors have been forced to flee their countries of origin to seek sanctuary at universities overseas. We hope that this volume will go some way towards raising awareness of academics who face difficulties at the hands of political tyrannies around the world. To access the volume please click here.