Opinion

Our contributors are experts in Arab societies who provide nuanced opinion analysis on latest regional developments.

9/11, 20 years on: an alternative perspective

The events of September 11th, 2001 changed the world. Of the four planes hijacked that day, two caused the collapse …

2019-2020 Lebanon protests: what to expect next

October 2020 marked a year of sizeable political protests in Lebanon. Protesters demanded a complete overhaul of the system. The …

Combatting COVID-19 in Libya

According to the Annual Report on Global Preparedness for Health Emergencies, 2019, conflict-affected countries are disproportionately affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) …

The Syrian artist who paints on death

Akram Abo Alfoz, an artist living under siege in Ghouta, creates inspiration as he transforms the medium destroying his city into a vehicle of hope. His work speaks optimism in a language that transcends speech.

Western colonialism’s continued compromise of Arab democracy

The British made promises to the Arabs but, after the fall of the Ottomans, European promises vanished like a mirage. Instead, they filled the Ottoman power vacuum with the British mandate. There would be no democracy in the Middle East.

Israel: an illegitimate, Middle Eastern democracy

Other than the fact that Israel is not the only example of democracy in the Middle East: is a democratically elected government legitimate if they are elected to pursue systematic colonialism?

Iran: politics of pragmatism & Arab parallels

Since the existence of independent nation states in the Middle East and North Africa, Iran has been one of the …

On France’s “Arab problem”

A recurring theme throughout Arab literature is exile. Being far from home, far from one’s family, one’s land, or one’s …

Tunisia’s economy before and after the Arab Spring

The 2011 Jasmine Revolution ousted Ben Ali’s autocracy and introduced full democratic rule in Tunisia but, since then, it’s been …

Brexit Britain and Egyptian nationalism: a comparative analysis

There are a lot of things in the world today that seem utterly upside down: right-wing nationalists claim the mantle …

Gulf wealth does not address deeper social divides

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Putin, clumsily, seeks to exploit mounting Gulf tensions

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