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The Long Reach of the Gulf Crisis
Trump’s declared intent to change his predecessor’s policy on alliances in the Middle East has led to a rift in the regional balance that existed since the 2015 Gulf reconciliation, fuelled the current crisis, and risks bringing back conflict between regional blocs.
Sokrat Al-Alou
Egypt’s Unexceptional State of Emergency
Egyptian President al-Sissi’s imposition of the state of emergency in April 2017 adds nothing new to the already restrictive framework and is used by the regime to legitimize rights abuses in the name of fighting terrorism.
Sherif Mohy El Deen
Yemen’s Houthis and Former President Saleh: An Alliance of Animosity
Despite six years of fighting between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni army under former President Ali Abdullah Saleh before his ouster in 2012, Saleh and the Houthis have formed a close political alliance and they have stood together against domestic adversaries and a coalition of regional powers.
Maysa Shuja Al-Deen