Middle East

Responding To Russia's Middle East Agenda

Toby Greene | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Toby Greene

As Isis wanes in Syria and Iraq, Russia is swiftly advancing a Middle East agenda that threatens British interests by enabling Iran to expand its reac...

OPEC Faces Uphill Struggle After IEA Find 230million Barrels Of Oil Storage

Jonny Mulligan | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK
Jonny Mulligan

The only good news is that producers have reduced a lot of the costs out of the process and are prepared to endure a prolonged period of lower prices.

Empire 2.0: Gunboat Diplomacy In The Gulf

Jonathan Edwards | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Edwards

My position is clear: a UK foreign policy harking back to the days of empire through the aggressive deployment of armed force ignores the realities of a globalised world bounded by international law and human rights, or the damage of successive budget cuts to the military. Furthering a foreign policy based on military power, alluded to through the UK's approach to the Gulf, offers only a dangerous and unsustainable future.

Brexit Or No Brexit, The UK And EU Must Stand Up For Human Rights

Julie Ward | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

Europeans have experienced turbulent elections of late, with populist, authoritarian nationalism pitted against openness, tolerance, and democracy. But in one election after another, voters have chosen more pragmatic and optimistic visions of society. Nowhere was this as clear as in the UK, where the Conservatives' small-islander vision of a buccaneering Brexit Britain was resoundingly rejected in a snap June election.

Why Disney Shouldn't Be 'Struggling' To Find An Aladdin

Biba Kang | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Biba Kang

To suggest that the inability to find an actor to play Aladdin is due to the difficulty involved in finding someone of Middle-Eastern/South Asian heritage who can act, sing and dance registers, to me, as the racial equivalent of the man who blames all of womankind for his inability to find a girlfriend. Maybe, love, the problem isn't them - it's you.

Ukip Suspends Election Candidate Over String Of Racist Tweets

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK

Ukip has suspended one of its General Election candidates over a set of social media posts which prompted allegations of racism. Paddy Singh will cont...

Hope Or Hype? This Is Just The Beginning

James Sorene | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Politics
James Sorene

Optimism was thick in the Washington air before President Abbas had even arrived in Washington. The former US envoys and diplomats talked of a low ebb and lack of trust, but the Palestinians were curiously upbeat.

Business As Usual: Why We Need To Stop Talking About Trump's Warmongering As An Anomaly

Amira Elwakil | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Amira Elwakil

It is not through a revival of a 'golden past' with Obama at the helm or the discovery of a loophole that would send Clinton to the White House that the problem will be solved. It is through focusing the fight on the imperialism that makes it possible for Trump (and all that he embodies) to continue the warmongering legacy of his predecessors.

The Power Of The Media Today: 'Fake' News And The Middle East

Susannah Blenkharn | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Susannah Blenkharn

I don't have the solutions to these problems; hopefully someone, somewhere will. Yes, there are other factors which must be considered with the media today, but the recognition for the need of deeper, un-sensationalised reporting is the first step to achieving this goal.

I Cycled To Iran And Found A Warm, Hospitable Country - But Women's Rights Has A Long Way To Go

Rebecca Lowe | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Rebecca Lowe

The woman, 37, was a PhD student at the local university. She was married, but lived alone because her husband remarried nine years ago after she told him she didn't want children. They never divorced, however, so she was unable to leave the country without his consent.

What Life Is Like In Mosul Now

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

People are trying hard to rebuild their lives. Schools are now open for registration and local primary health care centers are slowly opening up again. Some professionals who fled, such as teachers, doctors and nurses, have started to return. Although the local hospital in Hay el Sucar was largely destroyed, residents are adamant that it will re-open and a group of young locals are volunteering to clean it up, to get it running again.

Nigel Farage's Attack On 'Hypocrite' Sadiq Khan Branded 'Bizarre' By Middle East Expert

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK

Comments by Nigel Farage calling Sadiq Khan a “hypocrite” for speaking out against immigration bans while hosting diplomats from countries that re...

Why These Seven Muslim Majority Countries? A Marathon Runner's Guide To Middle Eastern Politics, Part 2

Michael Barron | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Michael Barron

The New York Marathon was the first marathon I ran in the USA. That was in 1998. I have two strong memories from that event, aside from the pain of ...

A Marathon Runner's Guide To Middle Eastern Politics, Part One

Michael Barron | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Barron

This year marks the 20th anniversary of running my first marathon*. It was the London Marathon in April 1997. Over the same period of time, longer in fact, I have also been an observer and analyst of Middle Eastern politics. Reflecting on two obsessions that have been important in my professional and personal life, what have I learnt from marathon running that can be applied to my analysis and observation of Middle Eastern politics?

It's All About The Relationship: Advice For Working In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Rana Nejem

Are you planning to grow your business in the Arab world? Are you about to take up a new position in your company's offices based in Dubai, Kuwait, Amman or Cairo? Then you need to pay special attention to the significance of relationships in this culture.

Uni Defends Students Slammed As 'Snowflakes' Over White Philosopher Demands

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

SOAS University of London has defended students accused of wanting to remove Western philosophers such as Kant and Descartes from the curriculum “si...

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

We Need To Talk About The Balfour Declaration

Toby Greene | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Toby Greene

Britain must also recognise that unlike in 1917, it does not have the power to enforce its will. The future will be shaped by Israelis and Palestinians. Britain should use 'it's best endeavours' to improve the chances of the pragmatists among them who recognise that two national homes is the only way to reconcile the demands of two nations, and end a century of conflict.

The Solemn Message Behind The Reality Christmas Cards

Leigh Daynes | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Leigh Daynes

Together, our aim is to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes - and that those people really need our help. Armed conflicts in countries such as Syria and Iraq have made people of all faiths and of none lose their families, homes and livelihoods.

Jordan's Top Eco Hotspots

Black Tomato | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

With so many iconic historic ruins and world wonders, it can be easy for Jordan's immense nature reserves to fly under the radar. But from desert to mountain, wetland to forest, Jordan is leading the way for the eco-conscious traveller with its beautiful and diverse range of landscapes and community-benefiting experiences, all under the protection of the Royal Society of the Conservation of Nature (more affectionately known as the RSCN). So, with the big focus on sustainable travel for 2017, we're shining a light on the best reserves and eco-chic stays in Jordan.

Trump Means Tough Choices For British Diplomacy

James Sorene | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
James Sorene

The UK needs to make take some tough decisions. A naïve belief that we can use our influence to steer the US President in our direction won't work. We tried that with the last Republican President and we are still repairing the damage.

Landing And Leaving Expat Life In Dubai

Susan Devaney | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Devaney

I'm standing on the cobbled streets of Rome, surrounded by politely pink pastel walls. It's my final stop. I had moved to Dubai shortly after my 2...

The Meaning Of Trump As President

Paul McNeil | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Paul McNeil

The first 100 days will be key to figuring an image of a Trump White House, parallel to the Trump Administration lineup of secretaries and advisors. The road to the four years ahead will be very new and sensitive. Many polls, analysts and critics are questioning their evaluations of these elections. Eyes are now on Trump and how he will act based on the policies he pledged.

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

Diamonds Show Flaws In Civil Society Approach To The Gulf

Michael Barron | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

For both governments and NGOs in the Gulf, engagement and mutual respect is the path to success. Governments have to face up to some hard truths but the reputation gains are worth the pain. For NGOs, reports and campaigns only go so far, talking to governments who are the only ones who can enact change, is more likely to lead to success.