• External Readings

    From Iraq to Ukraine: Reflections on imperial hubris

    Mar 20, 2023Marwan Bishara

    Twenty years ago, as the United States prepared to wage war on Iraq, then-Democratic Senator Joe Biden voted in favour of President George Bush’s reckless adve…

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    The Saudi-Iran détente and its regional implications

    Mar 12, 2023Marwan Bishara

    On March 10, Saudi Arabia and Iran announced an agreement to restore bilateral relations. The deal was conceived out of need and out of desire: The Saudi-Irani…

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    China, the US and a new scramble for the Gulf

    Dec 7, 2022Marwan Bishara

    China is Saudi Arabia’s biggest trading partner, and the kingdom is China’s largest supplier of oil, so it’s normal for their leaders to meet and talk. But the…

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    A perpetual war for an impossible peace

    Aug 31, 2022Marwan Bishara

    The scenes of violence and chaos at the heart of Iraq’s capital Baghdad earlier this week were terribly disturbing but hardly surprising. Tensions have been bu…

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    Saudi Arabia: Time to face the music

    Dec 9, 2020Marwan Bishara

    Participants at a regional security conference in Manama over the weekend must have been surprised to see former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki Al-Faisa…

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    The End of the Saudi Era

    Sep 22, 2020Marwan Bishara

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's power is on a decline and not even Israel can change that.

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    The UAE and Israel: A Dangerous Liaison

    Aug 31, 2020Marwan Bishara

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been so enamoured with Israel that even before formalising their new bilateral agreement, they had started normalising relat…

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    The UAE makes peace with Israel’s war on the Palestinians

    Aug 14, 2020Marwan Bishara

    After years of informal normalisation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has finally reached a formal "peace agreement" with Israel that paves the way for a strat…