The former Vice President has come out as the victor of a nail-biter of a race with Donald Trump, who has definitely made an impression on the Middle East. To put it lightly, #45 was definitely a bit bold with his decision making in this area of the world. From moving the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem, sticking with Saudi Arabia during the brutal butchering of Jamal Khashoggi, to almost inciting war with Iran, it is more than likely that America’s standing in the region has been negatively affected during these tumultuous…

This past month has seen a great deal of normalization between the Arab Gulf States and Israel. In an event that would have been inconcievable in previous years, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have established full diplomatic ties with Israel. There is a general consensus that more nations will follow them; Bahraini policy is seen as an extension of Saudi Arabia’s, and Omani officials have been hinting at increasing ties with Israel. Sudan’s new military leadership also has strong ties to the aforementioned Arab nations, and may need to normalize for America to rid Sudan of sanctions that have…

Your Majesty,

2020 has been a rough year for the world in general and our beloved nation. It has taken its toll on public health, economic security and essential democratic rights in Jordan. Under the guise of the emergency law enacted in response to Covid-19, the government has been taking dictatorial measures against those who criticize its actions. On the 25th of July, state security forces arrested the leaders of the teacher’s syndicate, the largest union and democratic institution in the country under the medieval charge of “incitement of anti-government speech” against the Prime Minister’s administration. …

In Libya, a large Arab nation blessed and cursed with an abundance of natural resources, a conflict is being fought. It is different from the ones in Syria and Yemen in that it has not brought as much human and material damage, although any clash of armed forces is bound to wound a nation. However, it has a dilemma that has been all too common in the period after the Arab Spring. “Sure, you’ve toppled the old dictator, but the new democracy can be unstable. It may be infiltrated by Islamists, and there is no strong figure to drive out…

Let’s be honest with ourselves. When we think of the Middle East, we tend to think of the Islamic faith and the Arab people. Although the region is incredibly diverse, it makes sense that “Arab” would come to one’s mind, especially because 13 of the 17 countries (20 if you include the South Caucasian countries) in the Middle East retain Arab majorities. However, what is particularly strange is the fact that out of the four that are not part of the Arab World, three are the region’s most dominant nations. At first glance, this seems absurd; how can a people…

A series of confrontations between American Armed Forces and the Iranian Army and their proxies, has culminated in the U.S. killing Qassem Soleimani, a distinguished Major General who led the Al Quds Force. It is Iran’s elite military wing that pushes its goals abroad. It has obtained combat experience against ISIS in Iraq, rebels in Syria and Israeli Forces in Lebanon, scoring crushing victories in all of those conflicts. This move is definitely a blow to a widely feared faction and Iran is not going take kindly to it. …

As with a notably large chunk of people my age in North America, I am on Instagram quite a bit. An increasingly common topic of posts on the platform regard the situation of Central American Migrants to the United States, and the legality of their presence (or lack thereof, given that the Trump Administration is ramping up deportations) in the U.S has come into question. Such a controversial topic, coupled with a network with which anyone can share their thoughts have led to the unveiling of many opinions on the matter. …

A significant development has been made in the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The U.S is putting forward a “compromise” between the two nemeses. It has been dubbed the “Deal of the Century” by Jared Kushner. The deal is his brainchild. He is Donald Trump’s senior adviser regarding Middle Eastern Affairs. A factor that complicates this position, and by extension, the deal, is his many business dealings with major Israeli companies, a known fondness for Zionism, and his status as a family friend of Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the deal is…

The death of Jamal Khashoggi, a former high-ranking Saudi journalist turned political dissident and democracy activist has raised many questions about the West’s close bond with Saudi Arabia and its de facto ruler, Mohammad Bin Salman. Khashoggi was a man with more than four decades of journalistic work, giving him a special insight into the affairs of the Middle East region, and those of Saudi Arabia, as he was his country’s top journalist. Khashoggi, after leaving the country, travelled the world and wrote newspaper columns about the previewed dangers of “MbS” and the oppression of democracy in his country. As…

Writer’s note : I wrote this article as an analysis in the buildup to the election in early June. I never got round to publishing, but seeing as my predictions were correct, I’ll post it anyways.

Turkey’s president of fifteen years, Recep Tayipp Erdogan has recently called a snap election. This, understandably, comes a surprise to many. An election wasn’t expected until the latter half of next year. But it seems Erdogan wants to increase his and his party’s hold on the Turkish government, and is willing to take the chance of losing the presidency to do so. …

Mohammad Rasoul Kailani

16 year old Arab-Canadian writer who mainly writes about the Middle East.

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