A shadow caliphate emerges from the ruins

A shadow caliphate emerges from the ruins

By Bill LawThe narrative is an appealing one. The Islamic State (ISIS or IS) is cornered and down to defending a single village, Barghuz, in southeastern Syria near the Iraqi border. A vast caliphate that once stretched across Syria and Iraq is utterly vanquished....
Cybercrime laws and the GCC

Cybercrime laws and the GCC

By Bill Law   Chatham House has just released a study, ‘Cybercrime Legislation in the GCC: Fit for Purpose?’ The author, Joyce Hakmeh, is a Cyber Research Fellow at the influential London-based think tank. Among her conclusions, she notes that “most...
Playing Iran

Playing Iran

  By Bill Law January 29, 2018   Notwithstanding the entrenched animosity between bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, it is possible that Iranian regional ambitions could be curbed using the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) as both a carrot and a stick. Were that...
Qatar rides out the blockade

Qatar rides out the blockade

By Bill Law November 9, 2017   The air, land and sea blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt – otherwise known as the Quartet – has significantly impacted Qatar’s economy, but not nearly as much as the four...