By Annabelle SabaMENA Analyst When the port of Beirut exploded in August 2020, the entire world turned its attention to the city and mourned its destruction. A month later, Lebanon disappeared from major news outlets’ headlines. In the meantime, however, Lebanon has lived a deepening crisis of bigger consequences and proportions than the 2020 portContinue reading “Lebanon: a year after the explosion”
By Annabelle SabaMENA Analyst In the last few days, the Gaza strip has seen its police buildings, Hamas controlled neighbourhoods and apartments blocks heavily bombarded. At least 83 Palestinians and 6 Israelis have been killed since the offensive began on 10 May, with more than 400 people wounded as of 13 May. This is byContinue reading “Israel-Palestine escalation: what happened and are we heading towards another war?”
By Elisa Cherry* During conflict, in all areas of the world, the transfer of illicit goods, particularly small arms and weapons is present. Throughout the course of one of the deadliest civil wars, the transfer of illicit matériel from Iran into Yemen has remained one of the greatest hinderances to finding peace. Small arms includeContinue reading “From illicit weapons transfers to matériel development: Iran’s role in Yemen’s weapon game”
By Ömer Erkut Bulut Europe/MENA Analyst Israel is holding a general election for the fourth time in two years. The elections will be a referendum for the current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership. Although Benjamin Netanyahu could find a way of both retaining his post and avoiding a trial of corruption amidst the last twoContinue reading “Israel election special: Netanyahu appeals to Arab-Israeli voters in a bid to cling to power”
By Annabelle Saba MENA Analyst The relationship between the US and the Middle East has been on a roller coaster ride since 9/11. The American war on terror brought the Middle East under the highest priority of US foreign policy until Trump’s election in 2016. Since, the Middle East started losing priority under Trump’s administrationContinue reading “Biden and the Middle East”
MENA analyst Annabelle Saba shares her thoughts on the key issues for the MENA region in 2020 which include: the Persian Gulf crisis, Beirut blast and Arab peace deals.
By Fulya Kocukoglu Human Rights Analyst In recent years, there has been a rapid increase in the migration movement across the Mediterranean Sea that has become one of the most important causes and consequences of the political conflicts of the 21st Century. For more than a decade, the migration flow across the Mediterranean Sea hasContinue reading “Human trafficking across the Mediterranean Sea: A new form of slavery?”
By Annabelle Saba MENA Analyst On the 13th of August 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) became the third Arab country to normalise relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. A month later, Bahrain also joined the Washington-sponsored deal and the two nations signed the Abraham Accords with Israel on theContinue reading “The Arab Peace Deals: Why now and what about the Palestine Cause?”