Columns

Qataris awoke last night to fears that a coup was under way, just the start of dark days to come after Trump's blessing to the region's tyrants

David Hearst

Rouhani overcame a formidable campaign against him, led by Ayatollah Khamenei, to win. But he faces major challenges ahead.

Abraham Nematzadeh

When the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the US put their hands together, there's no guessing what will happen next

Katie Miranda

Trump's show of support for Saudi Arabia sent a message: the US backs the repression in the Gulf. Expect violence in Bahrain to continue

Ali Alaswad

Saudi and Israel are once again painting Iran as an existential threat to draw the US back to the region. But is that really in America's interests?

Trita Parsi

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi offered the US president advice, man to man, what would he say? Amr Khalifa finds out in this satire

Amr Khalifa

The reconciliation law will let those involved in corruption off the hook and pave the way to entrench a culture of impunity in Tunisia

Amna Guellali

Remember Bush and the move towards war on Iraq? After Trump's visit to the region, we should beware of a drive towards yet another war

Jonathan Steele

Trying to secede right now is like trying to build a house in a hurricane - and ultimately, it's doubtful the Gulf countries will let it happen

Afrah Nasser

In the years Bowen has been ‘our man’, how is it that we still talk about the ‘Middle East’? Whose ‘Middle’ or ‘East’ is it? As with him, it is not ‘ours’

Arzu Merali