Russia seems to be trying to capitalize on recent tensions between the United States and two of its most important Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia...Dead-end strategies in Egypt
Months since the overthrow of President Mohammed Mursi, Egypt remains in turmoil, and has dominated the news headlines for much of that time. Despite this, little has actually changed. Opposing sides...Israel’s prisoner release: From one jail to another
The jubilation over Israel’s release last week of 26 Palestinian prisoners was understandable to an extent. After all, the issue is highly emotive for a people with thousands of loved ones...Egypt and the U.S. aid cut: Ineffective symbolism
Despite the media hoopla about the reduction in U.S. military aid to Egypt, the move is largely symbolic. The halt in delivery of certain heavy weaponry amounts to “hundreds of millions of...Redrawing the map of the Arab world
The onset of the Arab Spring saw expressions and acts of solidarity throughout the region with those struggling to shake off decades of dictatorship. This revived long-dormant, proud feelings of...Are Russia and Syria sincere about chemical disarmament?
There has been much analysis of the logistical, technical and security difficulties of implementing the agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons. However, the sincerity (or otherwise) of the...The world has abandoned Syria’s refugees
The United Nations last week released shocking figures for the number of Syrian refugees, marking what Al Arabiya aptly described as “another grim milestone.” However, while much of the...Is history repeating itself in Egypt?
“Two Egypts now exist,” says BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, referring to the seemingly intractable divisions between supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohammad...