Middle East / North Africa

US-Saudi Relations: The Double Standards of American Democracy

Saudi Arabia is arguably the least democratic of the Gulf states, yet it is wholeheartedly backed by the United States of America. This diplomatic relationship, one which grew even warmer under President Trump, threatens…

Olivia Christie

Biden and the Middle East: What does the new President mean for the Kurdish community?

Following the uprooting of ISIS from Baghuz, Northern Syria, by Kurdish-led SDF forces in 2019 the question surrounding Kurdish autonomy and nationhood has reappeared in the minds of leaders around the world. The group now occupies pockets of ex-ISIS territory…

Mark Ross

From the Arab Spring to ABZ

In January of 2011, the Egyptian population witnessed an uprising like no other: people of all generations took to the streets to raise their voices in opposition to the social injustice that was rife nationwide. These protests and riots, spreading throughout the country in a wildfire of defiance…

Laila Sirag

Syria: a civil war?

What started as a peaceful protest in opposition to the authoritarian regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria has become a war lasting over 10 years and with no end in sight. Of the aims of the protestors, none have been achieved.…

Priscilla Tomaz

Ben & Jerry’s and ending sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Leading by example

Following Ben & Jerry's decision to end sales to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Callum Sutherland investigates the responses and impacts of such a move in the broader context of the 'Boycott. Divest, Sanction' (BDS) movement.…

Callum Sutherland

Why we've forgotten Palestine's Christians

Ron Dermer, a former Israeli ambassador to the US, recently gave an interview where he said that America’s evangelical Christians were now more reliable allies than Jewish Americans; he described American Jews as being “disproportionately among our (Israel’s) critics”. And he is not wrong.…

Laura Brick