Is There New Hope for Human Rights in Bahrain?

February 09, 2021

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights activist, was arrested on the night of April 9, 2011. During the arrest at his family home in Bahrain, he was brutally assaulted and his jaw broken in four places. On June 22, barely two months after his arrest, he was sentenced to life in prison after...

Fake News Is Flaring Up in the Gulf

May 27, 2020

Three years have passed since Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates imposed a blockade on Qatar. This dispute began with the hacking of the Qatar News Agency in order to make Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani appear to be making highly controversial remarks.

In Bahrain, Justice Is Still a Far-Off Goal

January 15, 2020

On January 8, Bahrain’s high criminal court of appeal upheld the death sentences of Mohammed Ramadan and Hussain Ali Moosa. The two were convicted in December 2014 in the killing of a police officer using confessions secured under torture. The UK Minister of State for the Middle East Andrew...

The Bahrain-Turkey Relationship Comes Under Pressure

November 19, 2019

A common assumption is that Bahrain’s foreign policy is mostly shaped by its close relationship with Saudi Arabia. Yet the UAE also heavily influences Manama's position on regional challenges, best demonstrated by Bahrain’s approach to Syria-related issues.

Oman Takes the Lead in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

September 02, 2019

At the Peace to Prosperity summit recently held in Bahrain, Oman announced plans for opening an embassy in Israeli-occupied Ramallah, making it the first Gulf state to do so.

Bahrain: King Hamad Moves on Reconciliation Bid

May 01, 2019

If the release of prisoners includes Nabeel Rajab, King Hamad will have signaled that he is serious about ending the cycle of repression in Bahrain. The decision on April 22 by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa to restore the citizenship of 551 individuals may be a first step in what...

Bahrain Election: New Chapter or Old Story?

December 20, 2018

For many Bahrainis, repression is nothing new, and it remains a dark and troubling story. First to the good news, at least from the perspective of the government of Bahrain and its supporters: Despite an opposition call to boycott the November election, turnout, at 67%, was impressively high....

Bahrain’s Economic Crisis Is an Urgent Sign that Change Must Come

September 07, 2018

Political repression in Bahrain is feeding economic and social instability. The warning signs are clear and unmistakable: The Kingdom of Bahrain is in serious financial difficulty and its economy is tumbling into crisis. The country’s bond ratings are listed as junk. Its gross debt as a...

Bringing Reconciliation to Bahrain

China and Bahrain: Undocumented Growing Relations

May 22, 2014

Since the 1970s, relations between China and Bahrain have grown far beyond diplomatic ties. In April, China and Bahrain celebrated the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. While many have documented Beijing's ties with Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, China’s relations with the...

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