All smiles: but were the Abraham Accords a betrayal of Palestine?
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The Abraham Accords peace deal was supposed to herald a new era for the Middle East. Yet the fault-lines remain as deep as ever.
Cry freedom: pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo calling for the ousting of Egypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The underlying issues of inequality, corruption and poverty are still dogging the region, ten years after the protests.
Empty chairs: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE boycotted the 2017 meeting of the Gulf Cooperation council over their dispute with Qatar.
Underlying issues which led to the three-year dispute have not been resolved.
U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
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Opportunities for dramatic change rarely arise in the Middle East. But now is such a time.
Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel.
Sports diplomacy has eased relationships between nations before – here’s how it could help Israel, Bahrain and the UAE as they enter into new peace accords.
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‘Beta testing’ of bold ideas is rare in foreign affairs, but the UAE and Bahrain have provided just such a test case for the Saudis in their own push to normalise relations with Israel.
Saudi King Salman accompanies Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left, during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December 2019.
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Gulf monarchies emerged from the Arab Spring relatively unscathed, while some Middle East republics were devastated by civil war. Here’s how they managed — and how education may have played a part.
The gulf between the sexes.
Gulf states have given women great education, but they are still very limited participants in the workplace.
A man is tested for coronavirus at a drive-through facility in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have exploited the underlying threats of the virus to bolster their own survival strategies.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace in central London on March 7, 2018.
To ensure its energy security and influence in the Gulf region, the United Kingdom will likely deepen its relations with GCC nations in a post-Brexit world.
Hakeem Al-Araibi’s case has become a crucial test of world football’s commitment to human rights.
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FIFA can act quickly and decisively for its sponsors. Now it must act for the human rights of one of its footballers.
The case of Hakeem Al-Araibi (left), detained in Thailand while on honeymoon, raises questions about how Interpol red notices can be misused to target refugees.
Interpol red notices play an important part in international policing. Here’s how they work and how the system could be improved to safeguard human rights.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Oct. 5, 2017.
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When it comes to foreign policy, Saudi Arabia has recently become far more aggressive. A historian of the modern Middle East sees three possible causes for the shift.
A Djibouti soldier along the border with Eritrea after conflict flared in 2008.
Qatar withdrawing its troops has reignited tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti which the UN and African Union are trying to mediate. This comes as Eritrea is also embroiled in the Yemen civil war.
Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
Bahrain backlash in London.
More bloodshed lies ahead – but few are taking any notice.
Executed in Bahrain.
State killings are the latest demonstration of the country’s regression.
The sands of time will turn against the desert oil states.
Oil prices have now almost halved in six months to below $60/barrel thanks to OPEC’s refusal to cut production. This means all the member countries are revising their government spending policies. While…
All for one?
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The decision by President Obama to launch missile and air strikes against Islamic State (IS) and the al-Qaeda affiliate “Khorasan” in Syria draws the United States ever closer to yet another prolonged…