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Analysis: The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has produced an unlikely alignment of traditionally hostile regional actors.

Analysis: The UAE and Bahrain's normalisation of ties with Israel presents both challenges and opportunities for Russian interests in the Middle East.

The UN's existential crisis

Shashi Tharoor

The UN's existential crisis

Comment: Covid-19 was an opportunity for UN multilateralism to shine. Instead it reveled the disturbing fragility of the UN's founding principle, writes Shashi Tharoor.

Friends or foes: Are India-Turkey ties improving?

Sabena Siddiqui

Friends or foes: Are India-Turkey ties improving?

India's economic diplomacy with Turkey could yield positive results, but Kashmir remains a source of friction.

What Pakistan's pivot to China means for India-Gulf ties

Shan. A. Zain

What Pakistan's pivot to China means for India-Gulf ties

India's emergence as a major player in the Middle East at the expense of Pakistan has triggered a realignment of regional power dynamics.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The geopolitical race to rebuild Beirut's port

Hopes of acquiring greater influence in the Eastern Mediterranean are driving competition to gain control of Beirut's port.

Sabena Siddiqui

Could Saudi Arabia be parting ways with Pakistan?

Riyadh's passive stance on Kashmir has caused a rift with Pakistan as changing regional alliances threaten their strategic relationship.

Sabena Siddiqui

US pressure pushes Iran into China and Russia's arms

Analysis: Iran has edged closer to China and Russia as the US exerts a strategy of maximum pressure.

The New Arab Staff

Turkey 'deporting' Uighur Muslims to China via third countries

Increasing economic dependence on Beijing has forced Turkey to weaken its criticism of China's treatment of Uighur Muslims, a new report alleges.

Will the UN arms embargo on Iran be extended?

Sabena Siddiqui

Will the UN arms embargo on Iran be extended?

In-depth: A showdown looms as the US ramps up efforts to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran.

Omid Shokri Kalehsar

China and Iran's strategic partnership: A zero sum game?

Analysis: China and Iran's bilateral relationship is gaining strategic significance.

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Gasia Ohanes

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Running quickly out of options as talks over an IMF bailout stall, Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government says it wants to pivot to China, but ...

What India and China's border face-off means for Kashmir

Aakash Hassan

What India and China's border face-off means for Kashmir

India and China's deadliest clash in decades could have serious geopolitical implications.

US puts the brakes on burgeoning Israel-China ties

Sabena Siddiqui

US puts the brakes on burgeoning Israel-China ties

Israel's blossoming ties with China are being scrutinised by the US as tensions grow between Washington and Beijing.

The Gulf crisis's 'internationalisation' makes it harder to resolve

Courtney Freer

The Gulf crisis's 'internationalisation' makes it harder to resolve

Comment: The more the GCC rift spreads, the more difficult it will be to negotiate or to change the status quo, writes Courtney Freer.

Austin Bodetti

China in the Middle East: Tourism and soft power

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

Sabena Siddiqui

Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

China is using medical diplomacy as a soft power tool in the Middle East.

The New Arab & agencies

'True friend' China helps Algeria battle coronavirus

With 1,171 officially declared cases, including 105 deaths, Algeria is worse hit than its North African neighbours Tunisia and Morocco, and its ...

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

China's Belt and Road initiative affected by coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus has affected a number of projects under China's BRI in a number of host countries, including Pakistan, Tajikistan ...

Pakistan and Qatar's key role in Afghan peace deal

Sabena Siddiqui

Pakistan and Qatar's key role in Afghan peace deal

For nearly two years, Doha became the political headquarters of the Taliban and mediation efforts between the US and the Afghan side were ...

CJ Werleman

The 'Karakax Leaks' prove China is committing cultural genocide

Opinion: Documents leaked of China's treatment of Uighur Muslims are final proof Beijing is carrying out cultural genocide in Xinjiang, or what ...

Why Trump's India visit is more theatre than substance

Tahir Hussain Sofi

Why Trump's India visit is more theatre than substance

In-depth: Trump's visit to India is billed as historic, but it's likely more about optics and theatre for domestic consumption rather than grand ...

Is Saudi disinterest in Kashmir due to business interests?

Sabena Siddiqui

Is Saudi disinterest in Kashmir due to business interests?

Stopping short of completely ignoring the situation in the Kashmir Valley since the Indian government completely scrapped its special status, ...

Could coronavirus impact oil markets?

Sabena Siddiqui

Could coronavirus impact oil markets?

The coronavirus factor has become a major risk for energy markets which were already quite erratic.

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