Bill Law

William (Bill) Law is the editor of Arab Digest. An award-winning journalist, he reported extensively from the Middle East and North Africa for the BBC over a 15-year period. In addition to numerous radio documentaries and articles, his films have focussed on the Arab Spring and its aftermath in the MENA region. He has also reported from West and Central Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before leaving the BBC in 2014, Law was the corporation’s Gulf analyst. In addition to Arab Digest, he runs TheGulfMatters.com, providing analysis and journalism focusing on the Gulf states and the wider Middle East. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, Gulfhsp, Gulf State Analytics, Sky News, Al Araby, Fair Observer, BBC and Monocle Radio.

In Bahrain, Justice Is Still a Far-Off Goal

Jan 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 Murrison tweeted, “I am...

What Next for Tehran and Trump?

Jan 07, 2020

In the days since the January 3 assassination of Major General Qassem Suleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, on the orders of US President Donald Trump, the world has anxiously waited to see whether, where and how Tehran would fulfill its pledge to wreak vengeance on the Americans. Thus far,...

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

Dec 09, 2019

In the frenzy and fury of yet another UK election that whirls and swirls around Brexit, our politicians are dancing in a conga line of counter-accusations, misinformation and outright lies. Savvy political pundits and sage pollsters assess and debate the direction of travel of the conga line. And guess what?...

Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

Oct 23, 2019

The Americans call the five-day halt to Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria a ceasefire, while the Turks prefer to call it a pause. The Kurds call the incursion something else. For them, and for American soldiers who fought with them in the war against the Islamic State (IS), as...

Jared Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Will Bury the Two-State Solution

Jun 10, 2019

The latest gambit in trying to maneuver the Palestinians into a corner is a conference in the Bahraini capital Manama set for the end of June. In early May, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and the lead architect of the so-called “deal of the century,” gave a lengthy interview to Robert...

The Trump Administration Is Backing Palestinians into a Corner

May 09, 2019

In turning down “the deal of the century” — as they must — the Palestinians will be castigated as ungrateful and shortsighted. On May 2, Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was playing his cards very close to the chest at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP),...

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...

A Shadow Caliphate Emerges from the Ruins

Mar 27, 2019

The extent to which the Islamic State has re-established itself in a country where it was supposedly defeated is testament to its resilience and to the appeal of its extremist ideology. The narrative is an appealing one. The Islamic State (IS or ISIS) was cornered and down to defending a...

Ahmed Mansoor: The Only Way to Counter Repression Is to Reveal It

Mar 08, 2019

UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor knew that one night the men in black balaclavas would arrive and seize him. I remember once, several years ago on a Skype call, Ahmed joked with me that he was “the last man talking” in the United Arab Emirates and the region about...

The Dangerous Nuclear Games in the Gulf

Mar 04, 2019

With both the US and Russia withdrawing from the INF, a nuclear stand-off in the Gulf could be closer than you think. One of the many challenges of covering the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on global affairs is that, in the constant churn of stories generated by his Twitter...

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