Saudi foreign policy is anything but mad

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia Leave a Comment

Mohamed Bin Salman has made a splash since he was handed the reins of control from his father King Salman. The kingdom has since entered into a war with the Houthis in Yemen, engaged heavily as a partner in constructing the ‘Deal of the Century’, announced ambitious reforms in NEOM and Vision 2030, imprisoned a whole swathe of influential social …

How Academic Insincerity Prevents Peace in Yemen

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative

There is an alarming trend among researchers on Yemen who insist on claiming ‘neutrality’ and ‘objectivity’ as if all actions committed by parties are equal in moral weighting. We are taught that democracy, freedom, and justice are all noble concepts that ensure the integrity of human beings. Although this has consistently been denied to Arabs by global superpowers (including those …

The EU is pushing Bosnia towards Islamism

Sami Hamdi Balkans

Handcuffed by a ‘necessary’ IMF loan that has forced stringent austerity measures on a country that continues to struggle from the lagging effects of war, Bosnia once again finds itself caught in the middle of competing agendas. As Serbia warms towards Moscow after alienation from Brussels over the issue of Kosovo and accession, ethnic tensions have begun to simmer once …

UAE-Saudi dynamics: Thriving partnership or usurpation of status quo?

Sami Hamdi World Politics

The alliance between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East has become a mainstay of the regional dynamics in recent times. The two neighbours are cooperating on Egypt, Yemen, Donald Trump, and the Palestine-Israel conflict. Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and UAE’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed have seen their own personal relationship blossom. There …

Why Safar al-Hawali’s arrest in Saudi Arabia matters

Sami Hamdi Insights

Safar Al-Hawali has been arrested for allegedly writing a book entitled ‘Muslims and Western Civilisation’ which contains a chapter that lists a number of advises for the ruling Al-Saud family, clearly intended for Mohamed Bin Salman and implying he is on course for disaster. Al-Hawali is the de facto leader of the Sahwa movment, and islamist-leaning group famous for the …

Understanding Erdogan’s Appeal

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative, Middle East/North Africa

A ‘firebrand’, ‘polarising’, ‘increasingly authoritarian’, and an ‘arrogant self-indulgent man pretending to be a Sultan’. These are some of the criticisms levied at Turkish president Receb Tayyeb Erdogan who has dominated the Turkish political scene since 2003, winning successive elections with his AK Parti, revamping the Turkish economy, overseeing a period of genuine prosperity, and has expanded Turkey’s international prowess. …

US strategy in Syria: What you need to know

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May 2018 US unsure over its role in Syria since the early days of conflict Haunted by Libya aftermath Unilateral action by Gulf states to support Syrian movements resulted in strengthened extremist entities Tentatively supported Free Syria Army, however concerns over its loose structure   Following Russian intervention and Assad resurgence, US sought to provide greater support for the Kurdish …