Algeria, Morocco and Western Sahara: Why Tension, Not Conflict, Has Become the Norm
During an interview on 29 December with the French daily Le Figaro, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune declared that his country had cut ties with Morocco in the summer of 2021 to […]
Beyond Heroes, Symbols and Role Models: Women at the Centre of MENA Politics
Women’s political mobilisation is central to MENA’s regional dynamics, yet it often takes major events to draw global attention to these issues.
Qatar and the Al Thani: The Self-Made Critical Ally
With a strategy informed by its past, no other ruling dynasty in the Arab Gulf has played a weak hand with more skill than Qatar’s Al Thani regime.
The East Mediterranean’s Energy Resources Are More Important Than Ever
Competition over the energy resources of the Eastern Mediterranean did not start with Russia’s war in Ukraine, it has been going on since 2009.
COP27 Nets Mixed Blessings for Host Egypt
In the case of Egypt, the host nation of COP27, the pitfalls of being in the public eye for such an important event almost managed to derail the perks.
The Strategic Challenges Facing the Next Israeli Government
Benjamin Netanyahu’s incoming coalition can expect to face a series of unprecedented security and social challenges. The immediate and most important test comes on the domestic front: namely, preserving Israel’s […]
A Look to US-Saudi Relations in 2023: Irritants, Constraints and Opportunities
For many decades, the U.S.-Saudi relationship has been loosely defined by the premise of oil for security. This premise arose out of a growing alignment of interests following the announcement […]
Iran’s Protests: The Role of Power and the Weakening of the Reform Movement
Throughout history, the concept of liberation for Iranians has been something like anarchism. The widespread protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini have been analysed through different political, […]
Book Review: “Turkish Politics and ‘The People’: Mass Mobilisation and Populism” by Spyros Sofos
On October 29, 2022, the Republic of Turkey celebrated its 99th anniversary. To mark the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum in Ankara where the founder […]
The Lebanon-Israel maritime deal: A masterstroke from Hezbollah?
Hezbollah’s approach to Lebanon’s historic maritime deal with Israel is canny because it can be interpreted in two ways. As the Lebanese government rubs its hands in anticipation of potential lucrative hydrocarbon […]