Middle East


The Implications Of The Turkish Military Deployment In Qatar 2

The Gulf Cooperation Council today faces a period of internal tension and political division unprecedented since its conception in 1981. Following several disagreements between Qatar and its neighbouring states of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the U.A.E, over post-Arab Spring regional policies relations among these former allies have culminated in a […]


Water Dynamics: Israel And Palestine Develop Groundbreaking Environmental Deal To Increase Water Sharing

The waterscape of Israel and Palestine has mirrored the controversiality of its ever changing geopolitics and has historically been a site of intense human rights conflicts and environmental injustice following the presence of the British. A groundbreaking water deal brokered between Israel and Palestine may mark a turning point, with […]


The Laptop Ban On Flights: A New Tool Of Division

In March 2017 both the U.S. and the U.K. instituted a ban on large electronic devices being taken onto flights as hand luggage on flights coming from a variety of Muslim countries. Whilst phones are still permitted on these flights, larger items, such as Kindles, tablets, and laptops are prohibited […]


Taking Back Mosul: When Is Collateral Damage Justified?

The degree to which collateral damage may be justified by its potential to shorten a conflict and reduce long-term suffering has been questioned throughout history. Last week, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul. It had been under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria […]


Understanding The Significance Of Water In The Israeli-Palestine Conflict

On July 13, 2017, Israeli and Palestinian officials announced that the two nations have reached a water-sharing deal in order to bring relief to Palestinian communities who have been without water for days and in some cases weeks.  US Middle East representative Jason Greenblatt announced the deal in Jerusalem. This […]


US Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson To Fly To Kuwait In Bid To Diffuse Gulf Crisis

This past Thursday, it was announced that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will fly to Kuwait on Monday, as part of an ongoing international effort to de-escalate tensions between the Saudi-led quartet of blockading countries (namely Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain) and economically and politically isolated Qatar. Kuwait, which […]


Britain’s High Court Rules In Favour of Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia Despite Evidence Of Human Rights Violations

On Monday, July 10, Britain’s High Court ruled that the UK’s sales of arms to Saudi Arabia is within the boundaries of UK and EU law. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) brought the case to the High Court over humanitarian concerns regarding the high civilian death toll in the Yemen […]