Analysis

Will Iran and Hezbollah Restore the Syria-Hamas Alliance

Will Iran and Hezbollah Restore the Syria-Hamas Alliance?

Arab states are gradually re-normalizing their diplomatic ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. As Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah have been major advocates of Syria’s return to the Arab world’s diplomatic fold, both are attempting to facilitate a restoration of relations between Damascus and Hamas, which may soon occur despite the Palestinian group’s decision to side against Assad in 2012.
Trouble Brews Between the UAE and Iran

Trouble Brews Between the UAE and Iran

Throughout recent weeks, deep-rooted tensions between Abu Dhabi and Tehran have heated up. Yet as the UAE is working closely with the United States and Arab allies to counter Iran’s regional influence via an Arab NATO alliance and tougher sanctions against Tehran, the risk of frictions and hostilities between Abu Dhabi and the Islamic Republic escalating beyond harsh rhetoric cannot be dismissed.
Iraq Iran's Open Market

Iraq: Iran’s Open Market

The U.S.’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 created a weak and dependent Iraq, paving the way for Iran to gain huge economic influence in the country, which it continues to wield, despite U.S. efforts.
Rafah Crossing Egypt’s Negotiation Tool to Bring the Palestinian Cause to an End.

Rafah Crossing: Egypt’s Negotiation Tool to Bring the Palestinian Cause to an End

For years, Egypt has used the Rafah Border Crossing, the only entry to the Gaza Strip under Palestinian and Egyptian control, to exert pressure on Hamas. However, the crossing’s closure punishes the whole Gaza Strip by restricting movement for its residents and imposing total isolation from the rest of the world.
Eye on Khashoggi Why Was He Killed and Will Justice Ever Be Done

Eye on Khashoggi: Why Was He Killed and Will Justice Ever Be Done?

What was the threat Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi posed that ultimately got him killed? The top guy at Middle East Eye reveals an inside take on MbS's motivation for killing his countryman.
Taking Stock of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Cairo Visit

Taking Stock of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Cairo Visit

Although many issues of contest have plagued Egypt’s relationship with Sudan in recent years, Cairo is firmly standing by the Khartoum regime as anti-Bashir protests continue.
Trump’s Syria Policy Pushes Iraq Closer to Russia

Trump’s Syria Policy Pushes Iraq Closer to Russia

Amid escalating tension between the U.S. and Iran, Iraq finds itself under enormous pressure.
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Lebanon’s New Government: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

Hezbollah just took more power in Lebanon, but a new cabinet of ministers having been formed is no reason to rejoice.

Egyptian TV Host Jailed for Interviewing Gay Man

Mohamed al-Ghiety is the latest victim of Egypt’s sweeping, puritanical purge.
Justice for Jamal Khashoggi

Justice for Jamal Khashoggi

125 days on with still no justice for journalist Jamal Khashoggi, questions remain and the world wonders whether anyone will be held accountable. True justice for Jamal will only come through a change in the Arab world.