Iran has promised revenge for the killing of top military commander Qassem Soleimani. The Islamic Republic’s response will be carefully calculated, but could lead to spiralling violence.
Expect the Gulf crisis to continue well into 2020, even if Saudi-Qatar relations thaw.
The Saudi-led bloc has shown signs that it wants to ease pressure on Qatar after nearly three years of a blockade against Doha.
The recent wave of uprisings across the Middle East represents a continuation of the revolutionary process that began in 2011, and while they all have regional and local contexts, they do share a common thread.
A number of policy setbacks have pushed Saudi Arabia to revisit its blockade of Qatar raising the spectre of a potential rapprochement.
Football diplomacy and the Saudi king's decision to invite the Qatari emir to a Gulf summit in Riyadh led to speculation about an imminent diplomatic breakthrough between Gulf rivals.
Moosa Abd Ali said he was a victim of attempted murder, claiming that Bahraini embassy staff attempted to push him off the roof while another threatened to have him executed.
Two international rights groups have published a damning report on Bahrain’s mistreatment of female political prisoners, pointing out the human rights abuses in Bahraini prisons and calling on the US and UK to intervene.
With Algeria and Sudan ousting longstanding leaders, ongoing unrest in the Gaza Strip and protests in both Iraq and Lebanon, there is a feeling that change could once again be sweeping across the region.
The former Israeli prime minister believes that a government without Benjamin Netanyahu will be less provocative and an ‘improvement’ for Palestinian-Israeli relations. He also thinks leaving the Iran nuclear deal was a mistake.
Sanjay Bhattacharyya is the Indian Ambassador to Turkey.
The first step towards hegemony over the Arab world was the snuffing out of the Arab Spring movements.
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