Middle East

Saudi Crown Prince’s unprecedented power grab could come to haunt him

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab that comes to...

Saudi crackdown raises spectre of wider spread dissent

Few paid attention to a rare protest in Saudi Arabia in late January 2011 as a wave of popular uprisings swept the Middle East...

Gulf crisis: Soccer trumps politics

A target of massive Saudi investment, the Maldives severed diplomatic relations with Qatar hours after a Saudi-UAE-led alliance of largely financially dependent states declared...

In shadowy covert wars, Iran takes centre stage

In the shadowy world of covert proxy wars, Iran is taking centre stage, both as a target and a player. A series of incidents...

Trump’s decertification of Iran Nuclear deal: A coming catastrophe

With the US President Donald Trump’s decertification of Iran nuclear deal, the prospect of peace and stability in the Middle East appears to be...

Saudi women gain access to stadiums: More questions than answers

Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to attend sporting events in three of the country’s stadiums raises as many questions as it provide answers...

Crown Prince Mohammed’s vow to moderate Saudi Islam: Easier said than done

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent disavowal of the kingdom’s founding religious ideology had a master’s voice quality to it. His words could...

Activists and Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change

Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region’s onerous kafala or labour sponsorship system, denounced as a form...

The Lessons Qatar Should Learn from Its UN Fiasco

For two years, Qatar had been lobbying hard for its candidate, Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, to become the next director general of the UN...

David and Goliath: How Qatar took on the world…and nearly won

To say that the Middle East is a region of instability would be an understatement. The ongoing violence in Syria & Iraq receives heavy...

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