Trump’s announcement has the potential of not only affecting the political ecology of a place where history is a matter of life and death, but could also cause a ripple effect much further afield.
Maya Mirchandani discusses the impact of Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on US foreign policy in the Middle East, Israel-Palestine peace process and India’s role in the Arab region. Joining her in this discussion are Alex Travelli from The Economist, assistant professor Khinvraj Jangid from O.P. Jindal Global University and distinguished fellow at Observer Research Foundation Harsh Pant.
An extract from ‘The Islamic Connection: South Asia and the Gulf’, edited by Christophe Jaffrelot and Laurence Louër.
ISIS’s looming defeat is to be cheered, but the costs have been huge – loss of civilian life, destruction of ancient cities, increased attacks abroad and brewing conflicts in the region.
Almost all girls in the Middle East and North Africa attend school, but women’s participation in the workforce remains among the lowest in the world.
India Becomes Newest Outpost for US Crude Exports as Modi Looks to Secure Supply Outside Middle East
US exports recently set a weekly record with nearly two million barrels of crude a day sent overseas. But shipments to India have been rare.
Last month, Hamas agreed to cede powers in Gaza to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah-backed government in a deal mediated by Egypt.
Iraq considers the vote unconstitutional, especially as it was held not only within official KRG territory itself but also on disputed territory held by Kurds elsewhere in northern Iraq.
Security officials described Thursday’s attacks as an attempt to send a message to ISIS followers that the group is still strong and can operate in other parts of Iraq following its territorial losses.
Barzani told a gathering of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk that the referendum was “a natural right”, according to a tweet from his aide Hemin Hawrami.
Why do millions of migrants pay a heavy price to keep some Arab nations afloat?
Despite US threats, Iran seems to have emerged more powerful than ever, expanding its sphere of influence in the Gulf region and in the Levant.
The campaign for Syrian refugees has been launched in an attempt to foster friendships across a border hostile for decades.
Last month, US officials announced new security requirements for all airlines rather than an expansion of the laptop ban.
By staying out of the conflicts in the Middle East, the United States can benefit both American citizens and the citizens of those distant lands.
Saudi foreign minister said that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.
After the biggest Middle Eastern powers severed ties with Qatar, Turkey approved a bill with a large majority to deploy troops to the county.
He praised the action against American ally Qatar over growing terrorism even though the tiny Gulf state hosts the largest US air base in the region.
The National Democratic Action Society (Waad), a social and political association in a country where parties are not allowed, campaigns for democracy, human rights and social freedoms.
Trump’s version of making up with Muslims apparently involves selling $110 billion worth of arms to the most reactionary Muslim country on the planet.
In the Middle East and North Africa, conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to progress, with most of the countries across the region requiring humanitarian and food assistance.
With a lavish welcome, Saudis convince Trump that Iran – not their own fundamentalism – is a bigger danger for the Middle East
At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in some 80 countries in the combined years of 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011, according to a UN report.
Donald Trump avoided many of the missteps his critics feared, but he failed to acknowledge the presence of the country’s large Muslim population and its contribution to American society.
Melania Trump told the 200 female employees that she is trying to find balance between her role of first lady and mother.
Some doubt whether Trump, who has never held elective office before becoming president is ready for a smooth presidential debut abroad.
The election TV debates have shown the candidates to be out of touch and none of them seem able to articulate a programme to remedy the structure and perpetuation of social inequality.
Only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population are without access to safe drinking water, the UN has said.
“This election is a real confrontation between a real Islamic Republic and a ceremonial one,” said Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi.
Trump’s expected support of Palestinian “self-determination” suggests that he is open to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Nemr Abou Nassar fears making a joke about ISIS in the US as people wince, while in the middle east if he doesn’t joke when people die, he can never joke.
The new rules are similar to measures introduced by UK and US, but do not include the same bans on electronic devices in the cabins of passenger flights.
A year ago on March 22 ISIS suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels, four months after bombings and shootings in Paris that killed 130 people.
The US Department of Homeland Security said passengers travelling from a specific list of airports could not bring into the main cabin devices larger than a mobile phone.
The ban will affect ten airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Donald Trump is only the most recent in a long line of US presidents who have overestimated their ability to manage the conflicts in the Middle East.
Through ‘The Queue’, a dystopian novel, Basma Abdel Aziz provides an incisive look into the functioning of dictatorships.
Gulf countries have a history of using migrants’ rights as a tool in their geopolitical strategy.
By taking centre stage at the Astana conference with Turkey as its ally and asserting itself in the Syrian civil war by organising a ceasefire, Russia has re-established itself as a global power of consequence.
In conversation with Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger, on liberal democracy, fascism, faith and where to find hope in such times.