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Putin, clumsily, seeks to exploit mounting Gulf tensions

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Yemen’s war is far from over

One of the Middle East’s bloodiest battles is also one of the most overlooked. It is not in Syria or …

How religious leaders can help facilitate dialogue

The paradoxical relationship between religion, politics and conflict is a contentious issue within political science and has garnered much debate …

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 …

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 *** …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Can “Realism” be applied to Arab politics?

In the context of the modern system of sovereign states, political realism, as a school of thought, has served as …

Sunni-Shia sectarianism before and after Britain’s invasion of Iraq

On the morning of February 22, 2006, a series of bombs brought one of Shia Islam’s holiest sites, al-Askari Mosque, …

The relationship between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and ISIS

Recent news Last month, Saudi Arabia severed ties with Qatar over its role in ‘supporting terrorism’ throughout the region. Tensions …