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Awad Mustafa
Awad Mustafa

Awad Mustafa is an online journalist with Al Arabiya English and is the former Middle East Bureau Chief for US-based international defense weekly Defense News. He was also the Security Diplomacy and Nuclear Energy Reporter for The National in Abu Dhabi as well as a crime reporter for Gulf News’ tabloid Xpress. Awad is Sudanese and was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates. Follow him on Twitter @awadz

The Unrecognized Republic: Somaliland and the Gulf Security

The self-declared Republic of Somaliland is looking to the Gulf secure its borders within the horn of Africa due to the regional instability.The autonomous state is also looking to deepen its economic...

Growing unrest in Ethiopia and what it means for Gulf food security

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation announcement on Feb. 14 may risk food security across the GCC. Ethiopia is one of the main exporters of meat products to Gulf...

EXCLUSIVE: The nuclear future of the Middle East

The middle east is going nuclear. The UAE will be launching its first reactors by the end of this year while Egypt and Kuwait are both in discussions to build their own. Saudi Arabia is looking to...

Who is Sudan's new intelligence chief, Salah Gosh?

The new appointment of Sudan’s intelligence chief Salah Abdallah Gosh may bring a paradigm shift in Khartoum’s foreign policy. Gosh, 62, has been involved in Sudan’s intelligence...

Who pulled trigger on Russian jet in war zone brimming with arms?

The Russian Defense Ministry has claimed that the fighter that was downed in Syria's Idlib province was shot down by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD). While the Syrian government has...

Why is Qatar showing off its new short-range Chinese ballistic missile?

Qatar has showcased a new offensive capability that directly endangers its neighbors during its national day parade on December 15, military experts have said. During a military parade on the Doha...

All you need to know about the UAE’s missile defense and Houthi attack propaganda

The Houthi militia’s claim of targeting of the United Arab Emirates’ Barakah nuclear power plant represents a major shift in the militant group’s propaganda in the Yemen war. The...

UAE, Saudi Arabia rise while Qatar drops in prosperous nations index

The United Arab Emirates was ranked the most prosperous country in the Arab World in the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index issued Wednesday.The annual report issued by London based think tank Legatum...