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Austin Bodetti studies the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. His research has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired.

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Will Sudan's historic deal with rebels finally bring peace?

18 September, 2020

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.

Ireland's growing influence in the Middle East

16 September, 2020

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

China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

20 August, 2020

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

China in the Middle East: Tourism and soft power

26 May, 2020

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

How coronavirus has changed the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

24 April, 2020

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

How Khashoggi's death brought China and Saudi Arabia closer

02 October, 2019

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.

How Saudi Arabia's plan to silence Khashoggi backfired

01 October, 2019

MbS ordered the hit on Khashoggi in the hope of silencing him but the journalist's death has earned the crown prince the reputation of a machiavellian operator.

Egypt wants its stolen artefacts back

17 September, 2019

Amid Egypt's attempts to rejuvenate tourism, Egyptian authorities are working to reclaim their artefacts from abroad and stop smugglers from stealing the country's cultural heritage.

Ibrahim Ozdemir: One of Turkey's most prominent environmentalists

12 September, 2019

İbrahim Özdemir, one of Turkey's most prominent environmentalists, believes that the growing number of Muslim environmentalists can find inspiration for their aggressive campaign against global warming from Islam itself.

Developing solar power energy in Libya

06 September, 2019

Political violence has led to frequent blackouts, forcing the country's residents to innovate. To meet the ever-increasing demands of energy consumption, a growing number of Libyans have adopted solar power.

Yemen could soon face an environmental catastrophe

04 September, 2019

A Yemeni petroleum tanker has spent several years anchored in the Red Sea, but a buildup of gases could cause the ship to explode, sparking an ecological crisis.​

UAE ignores Kashmir's plight to preserve India 'special relationship'

30 August, 2019

Just as India has ignored the UAE's persecution of dissidents, the UAE may decide to overlook Indian actions in Kashmir for the sake of bilateralism.

Austin Bodetti
Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti studies the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. His research has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired.

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