By seeking to court the leading Shia politician, the Saudi crown prince is stirring up conflict within Iraq’s Shia factions but he could be playing with fire

Madawi Al-Rasheed

By reforming its nationality law, ratifying the Refugee Convention and joining the ICC, Qatar can become a model state in the region - and protect itself from attack

Sarah Leah Whitson

China has benefitted from the bickering between Russia, US and Turkey - emerging as a dominant player in Syria in terms of political and economic diplomacy

Kamal Alam

To attempt to prosecute Blair over Iraq is deeply, wilfully perverse. It rewards barbarism masquerading as realpolitik; it rewards bad behaviour at the expense of good

James Snell

Bruised by its failure to punish Doha and marginalise Tehran, Riyadh is applying pressure on smaller allies like Kuwait to do its dirty work

Maysam Behravesh

From making jokes with airline staff to wearing Ivy League sweatshirts, Muslims told me how they cope with what has become a distressing situation for many

CJ Werleman

Initially the republic brought in by the Free Officers movement offered hope of reform and renewal but on its 65th anniversary, its successor regime is weak and brittle

Basheer Nafi

Netanyahu stands accused by the Israeli right of surrendering to the Palestinian street over the al-Aqsa metal detectors. With a submarine bribery scandal brewing, he has a lot of ground to make up

Meron Rapoport

Even if Qatar does what the Saudi-led bloc of four wants, it will not make the Muslim Brotherhood or the people's aspirations for freedom and dignity disappear

Ahmad Salah El Din

The UK has done everything it can to draw attention away from its role in the Yemen conflict and its intimate relationship with the Saudis. It is right to be ashamed

Dan Glazebrook