Dr Anas Iqtait is a lecturer at Australian National University Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute (Washington DC). He is the author of the forthcoming book titled Funding and the Quest for Sovereignty in Palestine. Anas is the co-founder and chief editor of the ANU based Near East Policy Forum.
Why the Middle East matters to Australia
The region may not dominate in the way Southeast Asia or the Pacific does at present, but it has before and can again.
China’s rising interests in Qatar
The countries are expanding bilateral relations in the energy, investment, and security sectors.
Aid and its limits in Palestine
The Palestinian economy lacks the foundational assets required for effective and sustainable growth, even with substantial aid disbursements.
Saudi-Qatar dispute: The new normal
Far from dragging Qatar into the fold as intended, the rift between Qatar and its neighbours is likely to continue to expand.
Behind the Qatar crisis: Politics, energy and Al-Jazeera
Since it began in 1996, the Doha-based, state-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera has managed to anger every major government in the Middle East.
The Palestinian Authority’s quest for survival and relevance
The Palestinian Authority's decision to reduce Gaza-based salaries by 30% is a direct result of fiscal constraints. However, mounting political pressures have compounded the…
Is Jordan in danger?
Its structural economic problems and expanding jihadist influence could spell trouble for long-term stability.
Retaking Raqqa: Facts on the ground
Syria doesn’t have a functioning central government that could take back control of Raqqa after the defeat of ISIS.