Middle East


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 […]


U.K. Court Upholds Saudi Arms Partnership

The U.K. high court ruled last Monday that the transport of arms to Saudi Arabia is protected under British law. The decision carries mixed reactions. The majority of the British government is content with the court’s ruling, including Prime Minister Theresa May, who said the ruling “shows that we do in […]


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 […]


Terrorism Redefined

In February 2016, at a security conference in Munich, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir was asked to comment on an article in The Atlantic, by Graeme Wood stating that despite the Minister’s comments on previous occasions, the Islamic State was indeed Islamic. In response, the Foreign Minister […]


Division In The Gulf States

Tension has occurred in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting Islamist terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qaeda and The Muslim Brotherhood. They believe such action impinges on their security and stability. Diplomatic links have been closed, Qatari citizens living in […]