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Dr. Manuel Almeida

Dr. Manuel Almeida is a political analyst and consultant focusing on the Middle East. He is the former editor of the English online edition of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science  

Twitter: @_ManuelAlmeida

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Turkey’s contentious move in Arab states’ backyard

Last June, when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut relations with Qatar and imposed various punitive measures, Turkey’s parliament fast-tracked a bill allowing the stationing of troops in Qatar.

January 12, 2018

Tehran’s radical adventurism abroad

For over a week now, Iranians have been witnessing the most significant demonstrations in their country since the Green Revolution of 2009.

January 06, 2018

Iraq’s promising but fragile gains of 2017

The “chamber of horrors” that was Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, where state-sponsored killings, torture and forced disappearances were common practice, is described with chilling detail in “Republic of Fear.” Its author, the controversial British-Iraqi Kanan Makiya, was an influential voice in support o

December 22, 2017

There is no place for a Hezbollah clone in Yemen

The death of Ali Abdullah Saleh has opened a new chapter in Yemen’s conflict, depriving the Zaidi militants of their once powerful ally.

December 15, 2017

Houthis may ultimately regret killing their old foe

It was from an uncharacteristic position of weakness that the late Ali Abdullah Saleh announced last Saturday the breakup of his three-year old pact with the Houthis.

December 07, 2017

Assad's continuity sets a new low for the region

In the remarkable book “In Praise of Hatred,” the young narrator imagined by Khaled Khalifa journeys through the streets of Aleppo. She describes in detail how Syria’s commercial and cultural hub, once a key point of passage of the old Silk Road, has changed.

November 30, 2017

Qatar’s Iran leap will lose it long-term leverage

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Qatar last week, his second this year, was the latest in a series of diplomatic moves that brought Doha and Tehran closer in recent months.

October 13, 2017

What Corbynism’s rise could mean for GCC-UK ties

The uncertainties and quarrels afflicting the Conservatives in the UK were again on display this week during the party’s conference, as the party continues to struggle to define a consistent position on Brexit and convince its European counterparts that it is ready for meaningful negotiations.

October 06, 2017

King Salman meets Russian realism

Five decades of broken diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union (1938-1992) offer some perspective into the significance of King Salman’s expected visit to Moscow next week, the first ever by a Saudi monarch.

September 29, 2017