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....
Japan, Iran relations come under intense US scrutiny

Japan, Iran relations come under intense US scrutiny

By Yacqub Ismail   The Japanese government recently confirmed that Prime Minister Abe has cancelled his trip to Iran as part of his lengthy summer trip to the Middle East and Europe. Although the Iranian foreign ministry claimed that Abe’s trip was ‘never on the...
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...