March 19, 2019

Yemen’s Unending Agony

February 24, 2019

Islamic State – the Worldwide Caliphate that never was

February 18, 2019

Government Formation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Regulations, Scenarios and Potential Obstacles

January 29, 2019

Ebb-Tide for the Arab League

December 17, 2018

Peace in Yemen: The First Steps

Levant & Mesopotamia

The Palestinian Leadership – A House Divided

At last the penny has dropped.  Gazans are finally coming to realize that the appalling conditions under which they, and most of the population of the Gaza Strip, have been living for years are the result of the distorted policies that have been favoured by Hamas.  (more…)

Arabian Peninsula

Yemen’s Unending Agony

The people of Yemen are in desperate straits.  The vicious conflict that has engulfed the nation has led to the worst humanitarian crisis in today’s world.  At this moment the vast majority of Yemenis – four out of every five, or more than 24 million people – need assistance to survive.  Nearly a

Northern Africa

Khalifa Haftar – Libya’s Problem, or its Saviour?

Ever since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has become a hotbed of disparate Islamist groups battling against each other in a never-ending series of local conflicts.  The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) has been totally ineffective in its attempts to get a grip on the

Turkey & Iran

Turkey: The Battle for Leadership of the Muslim Majority World

When Turkish vice-president Fuat Oktay and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu became this weekend the first high-level foreign government delegation to travel  to Christchurch they were doing more than expressing solidarity with New Zealand's grieving Muslim community. (more…)

Mashreq–Worldwide Relations

How Illiberals & Autocrats Unite to Craft a New World Media Order

Underlying global efforts to counter fake news, psychological warfare and malicious manipulation of public opinion is a far more fundamental battle: the global campaign by civilisationalists, autocrats, authoritarians and illiberals to create a new world media order that would reject freedom of