Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar is an online journalist with Al Jazeera English. He has previously worked for Euronews in Lyon and with the Financial Times in New York. Ismaeel covers stories in the Middle East, mainly the GCC, and reports on geopolitics and human rights. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and a certificate in Middle Eastern studies from Northwestern University in Qatar.

Fidel Castro

Castro: The making of a legend

How Fidel Castro went from being a law student to revolutionary leader, communist figurehead and polarising global icon

Saudi Arabia

Obituary: Ex-Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal

In his role as foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal was the key architect of Saudi diplomacy for the past 40 years.


How can the GCC uproot ISIL?

Analysts say the group must be beaten ideologically, after an attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait killed at least 27.

Human Rights

Bahrain opposition leader given four-year jail sentence

Sheikh Ali Salman, head of al-Wefaq bloc, was charged with inciting a change of government by force.

Middle East

Analysts: Gulf-Egypt ties likely to survive turbulence

Egypt and the Arab Gulf states' mutual need for one another are expected to transcend recent incidents.

Middle East

House of Saud: What's next?

The newly appointed crown prince and his deputy are both for the first time grandsons of the founding king Abdulaziz.


New generation of Saudi royals set to rule

Shake-up comes as the country attempts to assert regional leadership and reshape its ties with the West.


Bahrain adjourns trial of top opposition leader

Sheikh Ali Salman, head of al-Wefaq bloc, is charged with inciting a change of government by force.


The shrinking space for media in the Arab world

The unexplained closure of Alarab TV, 24 hours after its launch, has reignited concerns over press freedom.


Bahrain begins trial of opposition leader

Tensions still high after government charged opposition leader with inciting a change of government by force.


What to expect from the new Saudi king

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud faces significant challenges, both foreign and domestic, analysts say.


Who are Saudi Arabia's new crown princes?

Reconfirmation of Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as heir and naming of first grandson as deputy attests shift in the royal court.