Sultan Barakat

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

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?

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.

Implications for a Syrian transition under Assad

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.

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

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.

The situation in Gaza requires immediate action

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.

The search for common ground in Yemen

War & Conflict

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.

Addressing fault-lines within the Saudi-led coalition