How Academic Insincerity Prevents Peace in Yemen

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

There is an alarming trend among researchers on Yemen who insist on claiming ‘neutrality’ and ‘objectivity’ as if all actions committed by parties are equal in moral weighting. We are taught that democracy, freedom, and justice are all noble concepts that ensure the integrity of human beings. Although this has consistently been denied to Arabs by global superpowers (including those …

Yemen War: An Agonising Catch-22

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Yemen war shows no sign of ending despite witnessing a humanitarian crisis that could be described as one of the worst in modern times, as well as widespread destruction of basic infrastructure, compounded by the absence of an environment conducive to a genuine peace process. Moreover, instead of a traditional war of two sides, the already fractured social fabric …

The War in Yemen: When will it end?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Houthis believe that as long as they continue to hold Sanaa and international blame and condemnation for the humanitarian crisis continues to be directed at Saudi as opposed to their spectacular coup, then it is merely a matter of time before Riyadh are forced to the negotiating table on their terms.

Iran v Saudi Arabia: it’s politics

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

There have been a lot of articles and amazingly fascinating fact boxes on the split between Shia and Sunni Muslims, written, I’m guessing, by people who don’t know their Karbala from their Kelloggs, in an attempt to explain the dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Normally, when I read an article that says something along the lines of “the people …

The Saudi-ISIS myth and the Iran Deal PR imbalance

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Iran deal has been good for Iran from every angle, particularly on the PR front. By agreeing to the stringent technical conditions on its nuclear program, Iran has presented itself as a country genuinely striving for peace in the midst of animosity and a country demonstrating restraint and perseverance in this endeavour. In particular, it has presented itself as …