The Arab tribes of Lebanon: Kindling for Saudi-sponsored Sunni–Shia conflict?
Lebanon's Arab Tribes were naturalized for Rafiq Hariri's electoral ambitions. But today, they are vast in number, deadset on making their presence known, and organizing politically in every realm. After a sectarian tribal attack in Khalde left four Lebanese dead this month, the nation wants to know – what is their agenda and who is backing the tribes?
Aug 18, 2021
Terror from Balochistan: a menacing tool to disrupt Sino-Pakistani economics
A Baloch suicide bombing targeting Chinese workers in Karachi comes a mere month after the US-backed ousting of PM Imran Khan. Pakistan is a critical BRI hub in Beijing's vast Eurasian connectivity project, and it looks like CPEC is the ultimate target of this disruption.
May 05, 2022
The Pashtun will outlast all empires, but can they hold Afghanistan’s center?
'An empire within an empire,' the Pashtun are essential to understanding the complexities of Afghanistan as a nation-state today. What is the 'Pashtun universe,' and why will they always outlast those who try to govern them?
Sep 30, 2021
Qatar’s first-ever election unsettles its neighbors
Qatar's maiden Shura Council elections are being heavily scrutinized for their potential domestic and regional ramifications. While voter eligibility criteria has caused ripples within the country, some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors fear the Qatari vote will widen demands for representative government among their own citizens.
Aug 19, 2021