Middle East
A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

With the complex web of influences that saturate the conflict in Iraq and Syria, it is easy to lose sight of a broader view. While ISIS’s advertisement and promotional innovation is frequently discussed, the astonishingly expansive swath of territory, people, and infrastructure ISIS held at the height of its power is often forgotten. Once having...
President Trump’s Ambiguity Towards Israel

President Trump’s Ambiguity Towards Israel

The Israel-Palestine conflict has been a consistently central topic in U.S. political campaigns. While Donald Trump may have won the U.S. presidential election pushing a hard pro-Israel agenda, it is unclear what he plans to do in the future and whether he appreciates the complexity and nuances of the issues. With the Republican push to...
Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

At a recent St Andrews-Georgetown Conference, entitled ‘What the Next Administration needs to know about Terrorism and Counterterrorism’ several academics made strong warnings about the threat emanating from Iran-backed Hezbollah and their growing influence in Iraq and Syria. In particular, Hanin Gaddar, editor of the Lebanon News Website, warned of the growing strength and consolidation...
Obama’s America and the Islamic World

Obama’s America and the Islamic World

When Barack Obama assumed the office of President of the United States eight years ago, he symbolised a new hope for many members of the Arab world and beyond. He was starkly different than any previous US president. He was black, had Islamic roots through his father, and ultimately represented a new pathway for relations...
United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

The first month of 2017 was a tumultuous one for global politics— from the Brexit judicial decision to the inauguration of US President Donald J. Trump. One particularly surprising development was the materialisation of a £100 million defence deal between the United Kingdom and Turkey. These funds will help Turkey build fighter jets and will...
Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not hidden his aspirations. The powerful president of Turkey is willing to do everything possible to cement his position and eliminate any opposition. He has proven to be a ruthless tyrant par excellence. Identifying his domestic enemies, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly drawn the battle line in recent months. The imprisonment...
Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

With the election of Donald J. Trump on 8 November 2016, the United States plunged itself headfirst into an unknown abyss of foreign policy. With all current obligations to international treaties, international organisations, and multilateral trade pacts in doubt, Trump has effectively questioned the very fabric of both current international norms and the neoliberal theory...
Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

After oil plummeted from prices of 100 USD to record lows below 30 USD, the Saudi Arabian government is wary of being left with 70 years worth of oil reserves, as this could render the sovereign country dead in the water. Bearing the heavy shackles of oil prices would sink the heavily oil-dependent country into...
Where Has Al-Qaeda Gone?

Where Has Al-Qaeda Gone?

It would not be an overstatement to argue that 9/11 is one of the worst terrorist attacks in living memory, enhanced by the presence of 24/7 news that beamed horrifying images of the attack onto the TV screens of people throughout the globe. It catapulted the perpetrators, al-Qaeda, into the spotlight. Images of the group’s...
Moving closer to war: Is Israel about to give up its policy of non-interference in Syria?

Moving closer to war: Is Israel about to give up its policy of non-interference in Syria?

Is it not strange that in all the debates, the ramblings, the serious political commentary, thoughtful academic analysis and shoot-from-the-hip barbershop talk on the Syrian Civil War, that barely anyone brings up Israel? A brief look into the history books tells us the state, surrounded by the West Bank and Mediterranean Sea, has been a...
Ozymandias Revisited

Ozymandias Revisited

The Egyptian people have many reasons to be proud. Theirs is a history as rich as any other, and richer still. From Egypt’s earliest beginnings as a cradle of civilization to the modern day, the nation has flourished because of its people’s mastery of the land. In Ancient times, an empire arose within the Nile...
The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

A cautiously united offensive presses further into the Nineveh region, liberating towns and villages as it prepares to lay siege to ISIL’s last major stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish forces and intersectional tribal militias are fighting alongside an ever-improving Iraqi army in a joint effort to reclaim Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed his Caliphate in...