Category: Middle East

Desperation in Yemen: Houthi Government Complicates Peace Process

On November 28th, the Houthi rebels fighting the Yemeni government declared a government after twenty months of futile conflict. Diplomats were hoping that the rebels would agree to form a unity government as part of a peace process, but such…

Barack of Arabia: Obama’s Diplomatic Legacy in the Middle East

Eight years ago, President Obama electrified the world with the promises to end the wars of his predecessor in Iraq and Afghanistan, close down Guantanamo Bay and end America’s traditional support for autocrats and dictators in the Middle East. History dealt…

The Burden of Proof: Sexual Assault Laws in the UAE

A British tourist was recently arrested in Dubai on the charges of extramarital sex, after she reported to authorities that two British nationals had raped her in a hotel room. A statement from the Dubai government said reports given by…

Let Them in, for Goodness Sake!: Negotiation Talks Cease for Turkey’s EU Accession

As one of the Central Powers, the Ottoman Empire found itself on the losing side of the First World War. Shortly after, “the sick man of Europe” underwent a secularist revolution under the guidance of Turkish nationalist, nation-builder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk…

Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Yemen

When the war in Yemen began, military advisors and foreign policy experts claimed the fighting would come to a swift end. That was in March of 2015. In the 20-odd months since, at least 10,000 people have been killed and…

Erdoğan’s Gamble

Whilst the West has been caught in a whirl of angst and apprehension following the results of the American election, arguably more concerning changes to the international balance of power have been unfolding in the Near East. In his most recent…

Donald Trump and the Arab World War

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has aroused a variety of reactions throughout the Middle East. Given the many contradicting statements Mr. Trump made on the campaign trail, it is hard to gauge his preferences…

Iran’s “Silk Road” to Recovery

In response to the recent U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to extend American sanctions on Iran for 10 more years, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Iran would retaliate if the legislation, known as the Iran Sanctions Extension Act…