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Arab Uprisings

On 17 December 2010, A Tunisian college graduate and fruit vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself alight in protest at his mistreatment by Tunisian police.  Weeks later the protests sparked by  his death brought down the regime of Tunisia’s long time dictator Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.  Soon much of the Arab world was convulsed in domestic unrest, as popular uprisings toppled regimes in Egypt, Libya and Yemen and seriously challenged the stability and cohesion of Syria and Bahrain.  Even those regimes not seriously challenged by similar uprisings have been forced to respond to both new popular demands for socio-economic and political change and new forms of protest, as opposition movements harness the power of modern telecommunications to challenge stagnating political systems.  The consequences of these various national uprisings will be felt for years to come and in probably in ways that it is impossible for anyone to imagine today.

Greste, the West and 'the republic of darkness'

Over the weekend an Egypt court found Al-Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed guilty on charges of operating in Egypt without a press licence and of ‘spreading false news’. Greste and Fahmy were given sentences of three years in prison; Mohamed was given three years

Is Egypt falling into an Islamist insurrection?

Islamist insurrection has returned to Egypt. There has been a significant growth in the sophistication of the targeting, conduct and lethality of terrorist acts, a crisis of political legitimacy for the Egyptian Government, and the virtual abandonment of any separation of executive and judicial

Assad's regime is brittle, and it may fall fast

It is not yet possible to say whether, when and how the Syrian regime may fall. But recent military setbacks, and an objective analysis of the challenges the regime faces in the longer term, strongly suggest that its future is increasingly precarious. The momentum of the military conflict has

Countering ISIS online

When you look at the global response to the threat of ISIS, a glaring gap is the cyber domain. The internet has been critical to the terrorist group's success. It allows it to communicate unfiltered to the rest of the world, for onward mass dissemination by the media. It helps the group radicalise

Just how absurd is the Middle East at the moment?

Even for long-time watchers of the Middle East like myself, the region's enmities and alliances have become very difficult to keep track of. This has just been taken to a mind-bogglingly new level by Saudi Arabia's decision to launch a military campaign in Yemen against the Houthi movement. Last