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Austin Bodetti


Austin Bodetti is a writer specialising in the Arab world. His work has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired. Any opinion or analysis expressed in his work is by him alone and is not associated with any other entity with the exception of appropriate source attribution.

After the destruction of the critical Tabqa Dam in the Civil War, residents of Raqqa have turned to the alternative of solar energy to power their city. In the face of adversity, Raqqa's ingenuity has guaranteed the return of some form of normalcy.

11 June, 2021

With the 2019 Revolution bringing about systematic societal upheaval in Sudan, another encouraging by-product has been Sudan's newfound enthusiasm for environmental protection & conservation. We analyse their progress in enacting sustainable change.

09 June, 2021

The peace agreement to end devastating wars in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile could be a key turning point in Sudan's democratic transition.

18 September, 2020

Unburdened by the colonial legacies dogging other countries in Western Europe, Ireland has received a warm reception in the Arab world.

16 September, 2020

Chinese oil purchases offered Beijing a sphere of influence in the Middle East, but Covid-19 has upended this once-promising strategy.

20 August, 2020

Eco-theology has the potential to reshape environmental protection in the Middle East.

05 August, 2020

With online dating growing in popularity, entrepreneurs in the Middle East are taking advantage by creating a range of digital apps.

22 July, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus has undermined a years-long Chinese effort to reshape the new world order with soft power.

26 May, 2020

This year, Ramadan will bear little resemblance to the celebrations that have coloured Islam's history for centuries.

24 April, 2020

In the eventful year since October 2, 2018, when Khashoggi was killed, China and Saudi Arabia have built an alliance that owes as much to public relations as to economics.

02 October, 2019