Bahrain: King Hamad moves on reconciliation bid

Bahrain: King Hamad moves on reconciliation bid

By Bill Law1/5/2019 The decision on April 22 by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to restore the citizenship of 551 individuals may be a first step in what remains a long and difficult road toward dialogue and reconciliation in the Gulf island state. Bahrain has...
Saudi weapons purchases and their impact on Vision 2030

Saudi weapons purchases and their impact on Vision 2030

By Bill Law29/4/2019 On April 29 the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its latest fact sheet “Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2018.” The paper reveals that, worldwide, overall military spending increased by 2.6 percent from 2017....
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...