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Qatar-Gulf crisis: Who are the 'terrorists'?

Democracy and the Arab axis of tyranny

By Soumaya Ghannoushi The Qatar-Gulf crisis is a battle rooted in the aborted first wave of the Arab Spring. So far, Arab despots have succeeded in curbing democratic change in the region, but their latest tactics come with much higher risks.

Anti-Qatar blockade is a consequence of its support for Arab Spring

Anti-Qatar blockade is a consequence of its...

By Karim Traboulsi What really lies at the heart of Gulf accusations against the Qataris? American academic and Middle East affairs analyst Professor Gary Sick talks to The New Arab. Emboldened by Donald Trump’s support, Saudi Arabia...

Meet the Two Princes Reshaping the Middle East. But for good or ill?

Meet the Two Princes Reshaping the Middle...

By Simon Henderson The de facto leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE know how to change positions as pressures demand, but getting it wrong in Qatar, Yemen, and other regional hotspots could have dreadful consequences.

Libya: Once an Opportunity, Now Hell for Migrants

Libya: Once an Opportunity, Now Hell for...

By Asharq Al-Awsat Back in the days when Gaddafi was leader, Libya was billed as a top destination for those looking for jobs and money. But it has turned into the seventh circle of hell for migrants whose experiences range from exploitation...

UN report cites numerous sources of illegal funding for Libyan militias

UN report cites numerous sources of illegal...

By Sami Zaptia A UN report has concluded that ‘‘a variety of sources of funding are available to (Libyan) armed groups’’, assessing that there are ‘‘four important sources of funding: fuel smuggling, trafficking in persons...

Libya, a smuggling hypermarket

Libya, a smuggling hypermarket

By Javier Martin Powerless against the disarray and growing anarchy that spreads around smuggling – of oil, gasoline, weapons and people – Hasan Dhawadi, mayor of the Libyan city of Sabratha, raised the alarm.

The Fall of the Jafra Airbase: Battlefield Calculations and Regional Contexts

The Fall of the Jafra Airbase: Battlefield...

Policy Analysis Unit The Policy Analysis Unit is the Center’s department dedicated to the study of the region’s most pressing current affairs. An integral and vital part of the ACRPS’ activities, it offers academically rigorous analysis...

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Bleeding Fuel

A nighttime maritime patrol is a lesson in Libya’s permeable sovereignty. By Frederic Wehrey “This will be a hot pursuit tonight,” the coast guard captain tells me. It is dusk over Tripoli’s harbor and we are standing in the control...

Why The Campaign Against Qatar Is Doomed

Why The Campaign Against Qatar Is Doomed

By David Hearst It has been apparent for some time that the war against the Islamic State (IS) group and its forebear al-Qaeda is by no means the only show in town in the Middle East. In fact, for most of the time, the war on terror has been a...

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Mapping Libya’s Jihadists (2)

By Jason Pack – edited by Rhiannon Smith Six years after protests first erupted in February 2011 against the brutal and repressive rule of Qadhafi, Libya remains a country beset by deepening political fragmentation, bloody internecine...

The rise of Haftar, Egypt's true Libyan goal

The rise of Haftar, Egypt’s true...

By Alex MacDonald Egypt used attack on Christians south of Cairo as a pretext to attack Libya’s Derna. But analysts say their real purpose was to support Haftar.

The unfair targeting of Qatar exposes Africa’s client states

The unfair targeting of Qatar exposes...

By Thembisa Fakude The ongoing blockade of Qatar led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt has exposed the harshness of Middle Eastern politics.

الأزمة السياسية الخليجية بمنظور ليبي

Qatar crisis: Coup attempts, the politics of...

By Jamal Elshayyal Gulf states claim they are besieging Qatar over Doha’s support of terrorist organisations. The real motivations? Emirati revenge and a Saudi deputy crown prince who wants to be king.