Opinion

Our team of analysts are experts in Arab societies who provide nuanced opinions on latest regional developments.

China is ramping up investment in Africa

While the world is busy with proxy wars in Syria and Yemen, immigration to Europe & Donald Trump’s Twitter account, …

Djibouti: Saudi’s first foreign military base

In recent years, there has been a race to secure a foothold in the Horn of Africa. I went into …

The Arab World needs a psychological revolution

This week I decided to travel near the border separating Morocco and Algeria for some primary research for my website …

Are there any lessons from Middle-Eastern masculinity?

The phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ has become somewhat of a cliche in the Western world. As a go-to catchphrase, it has …

Oman’s unique power balancing role

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

Is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism?

In my various debates, I often come across the position that anti-Zionist movements are intrinsically anti-Semitic in nature. A lot …

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, …