Sultan Barakat

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


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.


A Gulf crisis: How did we get here?

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

War & Conflict

Implications for a Syrian transition under Assad

Though some Syrians will accept his rule, embarking on a reconciliation process would be difficult with Assad in power.

Battle for Aleppo

Aleppans to Idlib: Out of the frying pan into the fire

The evacuation of Aleppo residents will inevitably lead to a long-term displacement in temporary shelters.

War & Conflict

The situation in Gaza requires immediate action

It's time for the United Nations to consider the morality of its Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism.

War & Conflict

The search for common ground in Yemen

A peace agreement in Yemen will be impossible without an innovative form of inclusive local power sharing.


Addressing fault-lines within the Saudi-led coalition

Before embarking on peace negotiations, the coalition should agree on how to deal with al-Islah party.