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Ryan Cook is a graduate of International Relations at Nottingham Trent University. He holds specific interests in US foreign policy and its affects on the Middle East and the Maghreb. He also focuses on the role the EU plays in the context of international politics.


What is the relationship between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Daesh?

Recent news Last month, Saudi Arabia severed ties with Qatar over its role in ‘supporting terrorism’ throughout the region. Tensions had risen following an incident where the Qatari state-run news agency published a story which falsely attributed comments which expressed support for Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Qatari government... Read More

How Legitimate is Fayez al-Sarraj’s Libya?

By assuming the office of the Prime Minister on 5th of April 2016, Fayez al-Sarraj faces unprecedented challenges in the nation’s history and is now tasked with bringing a failing state back from the abyss and preventing Libya from becoming the Somalia of the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Sarraj must address the internal problems which currently plague the nation whilst balancing... Read More