Opinion

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

Oman’s unique power balancing role

*** This article was featured in a paper presented by Shatha Sbeta to Middle East Dialogue in Washington DC *** …

Why Saudi chose not to back Morocco’s World Cup bid

It’s interesting that Donald Trump has now decided that he is “United as One” with Mexico and Canada for a …

On hard left and right opposition to Israel

It is something of a truism to say that the hard left and right share rather a lot in common. …

For Pakistanis used to Saudi Arabia, home is not home any more

*** Note from the editor: this is an edited article that can originally be found at http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/for-pakistanis-used-to-saudi-arabia-home-is-not-a-land-any-more/ *** Background The idea …

Where do Lebanese Christians stand on Hezbollah?

At present, Lebanon remains one of a few safe havens in the Middle East for Christians, who make up an …

Algeria as a case study for Syria

Protests by urban youth disgruntled at corruption and a lack of opportunity; a demographic time-bomb; a repressive secular government in …

Did ISIS “hijack” the Arab Spring?

Across the Middle East, ISIS emerged out of the ashes of failed aspirations. The Arab Spring promised so much and, …

Is Wahhabism responsible for atheism in the Arab World?

Wahhabism is an Islamic doctrine named after author Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-92) in Najd, Saudi Arabia. Incidentally, ibn Abd al-Wahhab …

Likud, Hamas and the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process”

Recent Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria are a stark reminder of the importance of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process …

How should Arabs feel about Ibn Khaldun?

Ibn Khaldun was a 14th century thinker who moved widely around North Africa and Islamic Spain, having been born in …

Should the international community welcome Saif al-Islam’s political comeback?

It was announced at the end of 2017 that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi, is …

Djibouti: caught between the devil and the deep Red Sea

*** Note from the editor: this is a syndicated article originally posted by Benjamin Hibbert for The Best of Africa *** To many …