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Law is a former BBC Gulf analyst. Follow him on twitter: @Billlaw49

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Aramco attacks threaten Saudi economy

20 September, 2019

At a time when MbS was attempting to refloat the delayed sale of Aramco shares, the drone attacks have laid bare the extreme vulnerability of the world's largest energy company.

Saudi Arabia and UAE: When bullies come a cropper

03 July, 2017

Comment: The rash and unreasonable list of demands that Saud Arabia has issued to Qatar shows a total disregard for diplomacy, and little thought for the consequences, writes Bill Law.

UAE: Enforcing repression at home and wrecking alliances abroad

19 June, 2017

Comment: The Emirati government may have crushed dissent on the home front, but the Yemen war drags on, and the GCC now risks being torn apart, writes Bill Law.

Qatar and the risky politics of bullying

12 June, 2017

Comment: Blockading food shipments, withdrawing air space, whipping up anti-Qatar fever in state controlled media. It's time Saudi Arabia and its allies acted responsibly and diplomatically, writes Bill Law.

Fast change driven by Riyadh's young prince

15 June, 2016

Comment: Mohammed bin Salman is a young man in a rush - to shake up Saudi society as he amasses unprecedented influence in the kingdom, writes Bill Law.

With Aleppo encircled, Syria's Assad is in the ascendancy

03 May, 2016

As Aleppo burns, history will surely judge that in our collective failure to find a way to save Syria, we have empowered brutal dictators, writes Bill Law.

Mohammad bin Salman plays hardball with his economic revolution

08 April, 2016

Comment: Riyadh is turning to Thatcherite privatisation in a bid to boost economic efficiency - and the man behind this is as revolutionary as he is ruthless, notes Bill Law.

Anxious times for Lebanese expats in the Gulf

18 March, 2016

Comment: Around half a million Lebanese work in the Gulf, but the deportation of suspected Hizballah supporters to Beirut this week underlines how vulnerable life is for the diaspora here.

Stripping citizenship and the politics of repression

10 March, 2016

Comment: The use of citizenship-stripping as a punitive measure against 'terrorists' may give convenient cover to regimes less concerned about the niceties of the law, writes Bill Law.

The liberation of al-Shaddadi in Syria triggers Mosul offensive

02 March, 2016

Comment: The liberation of the strategic town of al-Shaddadi in northeast Syria from IS has paved the way for the liberation of Raqqa and Mosul, writes Bill Law.

A small Syrian town turns the tide against Daesh

20 December, 2015

The liberation of Al-Shaddadi, a small Syrian town currently held by Daesh could prove to be a turning point in the fight against the group.

Armed and very dangerous

29 October, 2015

Comment: The Middle East's rulers are shoring up their huge arsenals, proving that cash will always trump human rights concerns, writes Bill Law.

Bill Law
Bill Law

Law is a former BBC Gulf analyst. Follow him on twitter: @Billlaw49

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