Saudi Arabia and the UAE Fund Academia with Strings Attached

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey As Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have both tried to build up their soft power across the Middle East and North Africa, both states have also attempted to gain greater influence in the West. In… Continue Reading  

Russia’s Growing Clout in Southern Yemen

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Russia’s 2015 military intervention in Syria marked the beginning of its increasingly dominant power-broker status in the Middle East and North Africa. Russia has often initially adopted a neutral stance in various regional situations, talking with multiple… Continue Reading  

Will Yemen’s War Escalate Further?

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey The Houthi rebels’ attack on Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Abha International Airport, which injured 26 civilians and hospitalized eight, symbolizes heightening tensions in the four-year-long war in Yemen and the failure of the current peace talks. Just days… Continue Reading  

Is Sudan Facing a Counterrevolution?

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Protestors’ bodies recovered from the River Nile, which the Sudanese military dumped there, represent a potential end to Sudan’s hard-fought-for revolution. Following weeks of tug-of-war, as Sudan’s protestors tried to seek greater civilian representation in a sovereign… Continue Reading  

The European Parliament Elections and Migration

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey The 2019 elections for the European Parliament (EP) could lead to a further enforcement of inhumane refugee and asylum seeker policies, as far-right, anti-immigrant parties made gains at the expense of centrist coalitions. There is a chance… Continue Reading