The 35th Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) Summit in Doha, Qatar appears as a rare and positive momentum in the
history of the GCC. However, Qatar's position remains convoluted and reconciliation
These airstrikes demonstrate new fault lines in the Arab world: between Arab conservative regimes, their Islamist foes, and the democratic secular forces who find themselves in an impossible situation.
To defeat IS you have not only to beat it militarily, but to
undercut the financial and ideological underpinnings upon which it rests, and
replace it with something that ensures that it cannot manifest again in future
strategy of offering military support to the US while exporting Muslim
militancy and portraying itself as the protector of the two holiest sites in
the Islamic world has backfired for both Saudi Arabia and the US.
has mounted on FIFA to address the toll of deaths among migrant workers in
Qatar, as the emirate prepares for the World Cup in 2022. As its Executive
Committee meets today, the international trade union movement is demanding
These oil-rich countries cannot sustain long-term growth and prosperity if half the population remains marginalised and excluded from the workforce. The GCC states should begin to invest in and reform public and private sector institutions in favour of female-friendly policies.
From an empirical-analytical point of view, what
has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died?
This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which
have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched
by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words)
The Baathist regime is indeed guilty of
great war crimes, but the human cost of a failed state would be a greater
catastrophe. Washington should have learnt this lesson from Afghanistan,
Somalia and Iraq.
The young Emir presides over a bustling city that grows with each passing day, it must be fed, housed and paid for. Growing pains are everywhere, and the spotlight shines fiercely on Doha and the way of life here as never before.
While more and more Qataris seem to be expressing their disapproval or disquiet not only in the Majalis butalso in the wider public sphere, it would be naive to speak of further liberalisation of the liberalised autocracy.
new Emir swiftly congratulated the interim Egyptian president, Adly Mansour,
who was appointed by the Egyptian army. This was in stark contrast to the fatwa
issued on July 6, 2013 by Al Qaradawi, openly calling on the Egyptian people to
defy the army and maintain support for Morsi.
Everywhere the Arab uprisings have
been confronted by the entrenched vested interests of old regimes, the
so-called ‘deep state’ in Egypt, and by Islamist populism. The alignment of
regional powers, following geopolitical interests, has sharpened the sectarian
lines. But these alignments are not somehow essential to the region.
Should Egypt collapse into violence and disarray, supporting
the Army might well make the UAE look similar to how Iran and Qatar appear in
Syria - one sided backers in a conflict that pulls the country apart rather
than unifying it.
Let’s be clear here,
Qatar lost in Qusair. It is embarrassing and undermines two years and $3bn of
financial support to the rebel movement. And it is time that Qatar began to
take some responsibility for things Qaradawi has said, and is saying with
regards to Syria.
The differences concerning Israel, the occasionally troublesome Al Jazeera network, and Qatar’s hosting and funding of hard-line Islamists have been papered over in favour of larger strategic visions which ensure the interests of both parties.
Tension with its Gulf neighbours began
to rise from 2006 when Qatar and Al Jazeera stood with Lebanese Shi’ite group
Hizbullah during its war with Israel, while western allied states clearly hoped
to see the Iranian-backed militia wiped out.