CNN Declares Saudi Arabia Redeemed and Ready to Lead

June 06, 2019

Saudi Arabia hosted a triple summit to consolidate and unify the policy of Arab nations in building opposition to Iran. CNN applauds its convergence with Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Reporting on the emergency summit Saudi Arabia organized to rally other Arab nations to its increasingly...

Arab Countries Remain Quiet on Jamal Khashoggi Murder

October 22, 2018

Can the murder of Jamal Khashoggi be the catalyst that effectuates a sea change in global political ethics? The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. As nations, politicians and personalities in the world of business have massively pulled away from their relations with Saudi Arabia over the now...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Thinking” in Egypt

January 17, 2018

Egypt is expected to have “improved” its commitment to democratic principles, despite being ruled by the military. Thanks to leaks from Egypt’s intelligence agency, Al Jazeera has managed to discover how democracy and free speech work in Egypt. Captain Ashraf el-Kholi is a mid-ranking...

Is Qatar’s Love Affair with the Muslim Brotherhood Really Over?

December 24, 2013

Qatar’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood has not ended. Political analysts are looking at the seismic transfer of power from Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to his 33-year-old son, Sheikh Tamim, in order to examine a number of issues. Sheikh Hamad's abdication occurred just...

Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Royal Rivalry in the Levant (Part 2/2)

August 23, 2013

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar will not cease to be a factor affecting events in Syria. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The roots of the Saudi-Qatari rivalry run deep. In spite of...

Millennials Take Over Qatar

June 25, 2013

From Al Jazeera to Syria, the historic hand-over of power in Qatar holds various opportunities.  The quirky Emir of Qatar since the mid-1990s, Sheikh Hamad bin Issa al-Thani, stepped down in favor of his fourth son, Tamim, 33, on Tuesday morning. It is a historical step, insofar as it might...

Qatar: Take a Back Seat

May 26, 2013

Qatar’s influence in Syria and its recent presentation of a flawed peace initiative for the Arab-Israeli conflict, highlights the fact that the state has deviated from its former welcomed role as a regional firefighter. Belatedly, the gas-rich state of Qatar has been assuming a geopolitical...

Unrest in the Middle East: A Conversation With Siddique and Wuite

April 13, 2013

Abul-Hasanat Siddique and Casper Wuite, co-authors of The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, talk about the political unrest in the Middle East, the Syrian Civil War, the globalisation of media, and the future prospects for the region. [Note: This article was cross-posted with Foreign...