How the United Nations exacerbates the war in Yemen

Yemen continues to be engulfed in a raging war that has seen the onset of one the worst humanitarian crises in modern history in one of the poorest Arab countries. The Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE continues to bombard Houthi positions, many of which are embedded in populated areas, leading to a tragically huge death toll. …

UAE-Saudi dynamics: Thriving partnership or usurpation of status quo?

The alliance between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East has become a mainstay of the regional dynamics in recent times. The two neighbours are cooperating on Egypt, Yemen, Donald Trump, and the Palestine-Israel conflict. Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and UAE’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed have seen their own personal relationship blossom. There …

Why Safar al-Hawali’s arrest in Saudi Arabia matters

Safar Al-Hawali has been arrested for allegedly writing a book entitled ‘Muslims and Western Civilisation’ which contains a chapter that lists a number of advises for the ruling Al-Saud family, clearly intended for Mohamed Bin Salman and implying he is on course for disaster. Al-Hawali is the de facto leader of the Sahwa movment, and islamist-leaning group famous for the …

Understanding Erdogan’s Appeal

A ‘firebrand’, ‘polarising’, ‘increasingly authoritarian’, and an ‘arrogant self-indulgent man pretending to be a Sultan’. These are some of the criticisms levied at Turkish president Receb Tayyeb Erdogan who has dominated the Turkish political scene since 2003, winning successive elections with his AK Parti, revamping the Turkish economy, overseeing a period of genuine prosperity, and has expanded Turkey’s international prowess. …

The Problem With Liberalising Arabia

One of the main drivers behind support for Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman’s vision for Saudi Arabia has been his perceived willingness to liberalise Saudi society. Reforms including allowing women to drive have been welcomed, while the opening of cinemas and the hosting of the WWE Royal Rumble have been seen as signs of real intent that Saudi Arabian society …

US strategy in Syria: What you need to know

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm] May 2018 US unsure over its role in Syria since the early days of conflict Haunted by Libya aftermath Unilateral action by Gulf states to support Syrian movements resulted in strengthened extremist entities Tentatively supported Free Syria Army, however concerns over its loose structure   Following Russian intervention and Assad resurgence, US sought to provide greater support for …