Articles by: "Mohammed Ayoob"
The beginning of the end of Erdogan?

It was some years ago that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said: ‘Whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey.’ His words must have come to haunt him on 23 June when Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition Republican People’s …

Nationality law and the Israeli election

Does Israel belong to all of its citizens or to the Jewish people alone? As the Israeli election scheduled for 9 April draws near, this question has once again attracted a lot of attention. Israel …

India and Pakistan: inching towards war

In pre-dawn darkness on Tuesday, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force, armed with Israeli precision guided munitions, took off from the Gwalior airbase in central India and hit the largest training …

The rise and rise of Hezbollah

After nine months of squabbling, Lebanon finally got a new unity government on 31 January with the reappointment of Sunni politician Saad Hariri as prime minister. It’s clear that the balance of power in the …

When will the next war erupt in the Middle East?

The signs are ominous—especially in Israel and its neighbours, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Violence, both actual and rhetorical, has been escalating on all three fronts. Gaza could become the immediate flash point as the Palestinians’ …

Mission impossible: getting Iran out of Syria

As the Syrian civil war reaches its denouement with the imminent fall of the Idlib enclave—the last stronghold of forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime—Iran’s presence in Syria has reached the top of the American agenda …