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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.

Why UAE and Egypt support Haftar in Benghazi?

Why UAE and Egypt support Haftar in Benghazi?

Eyewitnesses, in Benghazi, said that Emirati and Egyptian airstrikes carried out air attacks on the areas of Souq Al-Hot, al-Sabry, and central Benghazi to help the forces of the House of Representatives (HoR) that led by General Khalifa...

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.

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...

​ Mapping Libya’s Jihadists (2)

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...

Official Islam in the Arab World: The Contest for Religious Authority (3)2

Official Islam in the Arab World: The...

By Nathan Brown The official Muslim religious establishments in Arab countries give governments a major role in religious life, but these institutions are rarely mere regime mouthpieces and can be difficult to steer in a particular direction.

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.

Young princes in the Persian Gulf are playing with fire

Young princes in the Persian Gulf are...

By Bachir Amroune Qatar stands isolated under accusations of sponsoring terrorism. But this diplomatic crisis is actually about young princes’ unbridled quest for power – with the help of Donald Trump, says DW’s Bachir...

UK ‘could have done more’ to prevent Libya chaos

UK ‘could have done more’ to prevent...

A UK Foreign Office minister has admitted that the UK “could have done more” to prevent Libya’s descent into chaos after NATO’s intervention in 2011 that brought the end to ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

The Known Wolf

The Known Wolf

By Dominic Green In the week following Salman Abedi’s suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22, a great deal was revealed about the perpetrator, most of it deeply unsettling.

LIBYA – The Poland of the Middle East

LIBYA – The Poland of the Middle East

In the aftermath of a new attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt, the Egyptian army retaliated. This Monday the Egyptian air force has flown a series of air strikes against the Shura Council of Derna in Libya – whom they hold accountable for...

The Brak al-Shati Massacre Shows a Weak GNA and a Fractured Country

The Brak al-Shati Massacre Shows a Weak GNA...

By Hani Shennib On May 18, militias belonging to the Misratan Third Force and its affiliates launched an attack on the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Brak al-Shati, an airport base in the Libyan province of Fezzan, and killed 141 Libyan army...

Can the UAE Help Libya End Its Civil War?

Can the UAE Help Libya End Its Civil War?

By Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik The overthrow of Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 plunged Libya into chaos almost three years before the North African country’s ongoing civil war erupted.