Middle East
Is it justified to strip the Syrian President’s wife of her British citizenship?

Is it justified to strip the Syrian President’s wife of her British citizenship?

In the wake of the sarin gas attacks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out on citizens in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province in Syria, killing at least 80 people, there have been calls from MPs to have the British citizenship of his wife, Asma al-Assad, removed. In the days...
Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

The war in Syria has taken another horrifying turn as chemical weapons were unleashed on unprepared and innocent victims in Khan Sheikhun, in the mostly rebel held province of Idlib, killing more than 80 people. The attack occurred at 6:30 AM (EEST) on 4 April while many civilians were still asleep. Even those who made...
Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

A three-month long state of emergency has been announced by the President of Egypt, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, following attacks by Islamic State (IS) on Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. 47 people have died and 100 people have been injured as a result of the bombings. Following the attacks, al-Sisi called the National Defence Council to...
Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

The events of 4 April 2017 were largely unprecedented. Rarely, if ever, have two US presidents been faced with crises so similar that their responses can be thoroughly compared. It was on this day that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad allegedly employed chemical weapons in an attack that killed 80 people, 10 of which were children,...
Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

It is clear there are discrete divisions in Trump’s cabinet with regards to who is able to influence the president. The positions with the most direct influence may be most clearly described as appointees without the need for congressional approval. These appointees have been placed in an inner circle, which allows them greater access to...
Egypt’s Military State and President al-Sisi’s Declining Legitimacy

Egypt’s Military State and President al-Sisi’s Declining Legitimacy

Last month, Egyptian demonstrators took to the streets chanting, ‘We want to eat!’ to protest the government’s policy of decreasing the number of subsidised bread loaves each family can buy. The bread riots reflect a broader issue of class conflict in Egyptian society under President al-Sisi. Egypt’s pre-existing class inequality was exacerbated when Sisi’s regime...
US Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in the Battle for Mosul

US Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in the Battle for Mosul

On 17 March 2017, an airstrike conducted in West Mosul by the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) appeared to have resulted in the death of over 200 civilians. A full investigation has been launched by the US military to ascertain the facts surrounding what appears to be their deadliest strike in three years. According...
Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s month long trip to Asia kicked off with a landmark three day visit to Beijing as he, along with Chinese President Xi Jingping, signed a series of deals worth up to $65 billion. As China looks to expand its sphere of influence in the Middle East, and the Saudis...
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...