Sultan Barakat

Sultan Barakat

Sultan Barakat is the Director of the Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute and Honorary Professor of Politics at the University of York

Afghanistan

Afghanistan's peace process is in danger of unravelling

The COVID-19 crisis and the Ghani-Abdullah dispute could bring down the fragile peace in the country.

Afghanistan's peace process is in danger of unravelling

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, peace is finally in sight

With the US and the Taliban on the verge of a deal, the start of intra-Afghan talks is more likely now than ever before.

In Afghanistan, peace is finally in sight

Middle East

What is behind the talk of Sudan-Israel normalisation?

Normalisation with Israel is nothing but a distraction from what is really needed to keep Sudan’s transition on track.

What is behind the talk of Sudan-Israel normalisation?

US-Iran escalation

Could diplomacy come after tragedy in Iran?

The downing of the Ukrainian airliner may pave the way for de-escalation between the US and Iran.

Could diplomacy come after tragedy in Iran?

Soleimani assassination

Trump's opportunism could plunge the Middle East into turmoil

But it is still not too late for diplomacy to avert a major conflict in Iraq, the Gulf and beyond.

Trump's opportunism could plunge the Middle East into turmoil

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Muslims have reason to fear the new Rajapaksa era

The anti-Muslim sentiments that helped him get elected are likely to shape Gotabaya Rajapaksa's tenure as president.

Sri Lanka's Muslims have reason to fear the new Rajapaksa era

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Normalising relations with Israel will not benefit Gulf states

Normalisation at the expense of the Palestinians would only embolden Israel's government and anger the Arab street.

Normalising relations with Israel will not benefit Gulf states

Mohammed bin Salman

Saving MBS from himself is the key to Saudi Arabia's stability

There are three possible scenarios for the political future of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saving MBS from himself is the key to Saudi Arabia's stability

GCC

The Gulf crisis one year on: What next for Qatar?

There is a silver lining to the Gulf crisis that Qatar should seek to exploit.

The Gulf crisis one year on: What next for Qatar?

GCC

What should Qatar do to resolve the Gulf crisis, 'post-Rexit'

Even after Rex Tillerson's sacking, Qatar has ways to encourage the US to engage in efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis.

What should Qatar do to resolve the Gulf crisis, 'post-Rexit'

Qatar

Why did Qatar leave the Djibouti-Eritrea border?

The renewed Djibouti-Eritrea border dispute is the first ripple effect of the Gulf crisis in Africa.

Why did Qatar leave the Djibouti-Eritrea border?

Qatar

A Gulf crisis: How did we get here?

Qatar is being punished for refusing to join Saudi Arabia's war mongering.

A Gulf crisis: How did we get here?