Jonathan Fenton-Harvey is a journalist and researcher, who focuses on political issues and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and North Africa.
In an effort to increase its post-Brexit geopolitical clout, London is strengthening its relations with states accused of gross human abuses.
Presidential elections are around the corner, but efforts at democratic transition are threatened by both internal and external actors - as well as a history of authoritarianism.
While Paris seeks to take a leading role in Iraq, its agenda is likely to prompt further geopolitical tensions for a country already stricken with regional competition.
Abu Dhabi seeks to design its own independent global and regional foreign policy, but ties with Beijing are the key prize.
The international community mustn't be lulled into a false sense of security and should take this opportunity to push for an end to the war.
Washington’s attempts to maintain clout against China and Al Qaeda through the UAE is self-defeating and threatens regional stability.
If Biden could rein in the likes of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, experts say he may pressure such leaders to reduce their involvement in Libya.
US presidential candidate Joe Biden has displayed a conflicting stance towards the two Gulf allies, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, while scorning the former and speaking positively about the latter.
While the regime tries to justify stripping back on the livelihoods of Saudi citizens, it could worsen pre-existing societal tensions.
“Israel has occupied Palestinian land for over 50 years and Europe has barely mustered more than a few terse statements in opposition”.
European countries quick to condemn Turkey for its anti-terror operation in northern Syria continue to deal with the Middle East's most egregious counter-revolutionary forces and are arming those responsible for the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
The UK's annual report on human rights and democracy is a reminder that Britain's leadership pursues profit over principle.
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