Analysis

Egypt’s Brutal Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Targets the Entertainment Industry

Egypt’s Brutal Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Targets the Entertainment Industry

After Egyptian actors Khaled Abol Naga and Amr Waked publicly criticized President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s constitutional amendments and his tight grip on freedom of expression, the Egyptian Actors’ Union revoked their membership and accused the pair of "high treason" in what seems to signal a new target in the government’s ongoing campaign against dissent: entertainment industry unions.
Crimes Against Cultural Heritage Looting in Iraq and Syria

Crimes Against Cultural Heritage: Looting in Iraq and Syria

War in Iraq and Syria has devastated the remains of some of humanity’s earliest civilizations. Militant groups like ISIS have profited by selling this cultural heritage to buyers in the West. Now that ISIS has been expelled, international efforts are being directed at rebuilding.
Al-Qaeda in Yemen Three Years after Mukalla’s “Liberation”

Al-Qaeda in Yemen Three Years after Mukalla’s “Liberation”

Shortly after the Saudi-led coalition entered Yemen, al-Qaeda’s local branch took over a major Yemeni city, Mukalla, for one year.
France’s Expanding Military Influence in the Arabian Gulf

France’s Expanding Military Influence in the Arabian Gulf

France’s expanding security presence and interests throughout the Middle East are growing more significant in key theaters, which is bringing Paris front and center in core regional questions. The question is whether Paris can succeed against other powers vying for influence in the region.
Salah Abdallah Gosh Sudan’s Next Figurehead in the Making

Salah Abdallah Gosh: Sudan’s Next Figurehead in the Making

After four months of popular protests in Sudan and President al-Bashir having been forced to step down, regional and international allies are preparing for a post-Bashir Sudan by grooming a “reliable” successor to replace him. Former high-ranking government official, Salah Abdallah Gosh, seems to tick all the right boxes.
Mohammed Dahlan A Middle East Interloper Used in a Game of Nations

Mohammed Dahlan: A Middle East Interloper Used in a Game of Nations

Seeking the blessings of Egyptian, UAE, and Israeli intelligence agencies, the most controversial Palestinian figure accused of financial corruption is poised to replace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Will the Arab League Continue to Falter on the Palestinian Issue

Will the Arab League Continue to Falter on the Palestinian Issue?

The eventual establishment of an independent Palestinian state appeared indisputable and inevitable when the Arab League wrote its charter in 1945. Over the past five decades, the organization’s support of the Palestinian cause had gradually diminished to reflect the increasingly normalized relations between Israel and countries in the Arab world. However, the League’s recent summit in Tunis reaffirmed the pan-Arab organization’s historic position advocating the cause.
Qatar-UAE Power Struggle in Horn of Africa Threatens Somalia’s Stability

Qatar-UAE Power Struggle in Horn of Africa Threatens Somalia’s Stability

Amid their ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis, Qatar and the UAE’s battle for hegemony over Somalia, a nation which has long struggled to maintain its territorial integrity, threatens the country’s sovereignty and stability.
Uyghur Factor in Turkey-China Relations: Principles Versus Interests

Uyghur Factor in Turkey-China Relations: Principles Versus Interests

As China’s global influence grows, Western countries are increasingly unable to criticize Beijing’s human rights record. In February, Turkey decided to defy that and condemned China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority. While Ankara’s historic ties with the Turkic Uyghur Muslims seem to have triumphed over its political and economic calculations with respect to China, the move may prove costly to Ankara.
Mohammed bin Salman and the “Rational Irrationality” of Saudi Foreign Policy

Mohammed bin Salman and the “Rational Irrationality” of Saudi Foreign Policy

Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman’s foreign policy decisions reflect a peculiar logic that makes perfect sense in context: his desire for status and recognition as a strong leader and successful reformer trumps Saudi national interests.