Columns

Brexit will overshadow all other issues. But with an emboldened opposition, expect challenges on arm sales to Saudi, less hostility towards Palestinian aspirations and pressure to keep human rights on the agenda

Chris Doyle

The US is testing Iran at every turn. Before Trump's rhetoric and arms deals force Iran to impose greater costs on Saudi and the US, Western diplomats should get to work

Ellie Geranmayeh

Gulf states claim they are besieging Qatar over Doha's support of terrorist organisations. The real motivations? Emirati revenge and a Saudi deputy crown prince who wants to be king

Jamal Elshayyal

The struggle against terrorism cannot be helped by Western governments playing fast and loose with dictators and authoritarian regimes in the way Britain has done with Libya

Richard Norton-Taylor

Over a fortnight, Egypt blocked access to 21 news sites and severely curbed the efforts of NGOs. Is Sisi trying to draw his enemies out of hiding?

Amr Khalifa

No terror group could have executed on operation of this sort without the help of one or more state intelligence agencies

Richard Silverstein

For Jordan it is not clear that backing the Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is in its interests. Since Trump took office, Amman has lost its place in the regional order

Sean Yom

Saudi's remarks on Iran, the timing of the attack and the buildup of border militant groups all play a role

Maysam Behravesh

Saudi Arabia and UAE bit off more than they can chew once they took on Qatar, a country with vast wealth and powerful allies

David Hearst

This big-budget, female-directed hero movie has caused a ruckus on a variety of political fronts. Will you see it? Here are several factors to consider

Nada Elia