Tallha Abdulrazaq is an award-winning academic and writer, with a specialism in Middle Eastern strategic and security affairs.
Saudi Arabia has failed to devise a long-term strategy in the region while decades of Iranian planning now bears fruit.
Petulant snubs to Israel in sporting competitions make Arabs and Muslims look insecure and unsportsmanlike - and do nothing to advance the Palestinian cause.
Saudi Arabia's revision of its history curriculum is politically motivated and a swipe at present-day Turkey.
The British prime minister's move to suspend parliament is profoundly undemocratic but is being treated with kid gloves.
Israel is using Iraq as a staging ground for its proxy battles with Iran - and Iraq can do nothing to stop it.
The UK's marginally increased naval pressure on Iran is not likely to make waves in the Gulf, but it does serve as a good example of a shifting tide in global influence.
The invasion of Kuwait was a turning point for Iraq's fortunes, a price it's still paying for today.
Iraq has always played a defining role in the destiny of the Middle East, but its sovereignty is being threatened by its all-powerful neighbour and the US.
Most of the international community seems to be welcoming MBS back into their club after publicly snubbing him at the previous G20 meet.
The scathing report from the UN and the calls for the FBI to get involved in the Jamal Khashoggi murder investigation fell on deaf ears in the US. Why? Because money trumps morals.
Egypt's first democratically elected president has died in the custody of a government that repeatedly ignored his deteriorating health and kept him in constant solitary confinement.
The origins of the attacks in the Gulf of Oman remain a mystery, but the message behind the attack is as clear as day.
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