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Omar Ahmed

Omar has an MSc International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London. He has travelled throughout the Middle East, including studying Arabic in Egypt as part of his undergraduate degree. His interests include the politics, history and religion of the MENA region.

 

Items by Omar Ahmed

  • Syria and the multipolar era

    The way that history has a tendency to repeat itself is intriguing. In Alfred Lilienthal’s The Other Side of the Coin, published in 1965, he said that the “Soviet Union has taken advantage of the resultant decline in American prestige in a suspicious Arab world to establish itself on...

  • ‘Coup’ attempt in Iraq is really an attack on Iran

    Having failed to dislodge Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad after eight years of conflict and with the twin political processes of the UN and the Astana initiatives moving a step closer towards peace, the alliance against Iran appears to have turned its sights on Iran’s neighbour and other ally, Iraq...

  • Najran could well be Saudi Arabia’s fault line as much as its front line 

    The 14th century Arab historian Ibn Khaldun is famed for his treatise Al-Muqqadimah and is regarded as “the father of social science”; he wrote about the rise and fall of states and civilisations. Tunis-born, his ancestors hailed from Yemen’s Hadramawt. He is notable for popularising the notion of ‘asabiyya...

  • Israel and the evolution of asymmetric warfare

    War, wrote the 19th century Prussian General and military strategist Carl von Clausewitz, is an “act of force to compel our enemy to do our will.” This is an enduring maxim of the essence of war to this day, with von Clausewitz’s work still studied by army officers around...

  • Was Iran really behind the attack on Saudi Aramco facilities?

    On 14 September, state-owned Saudi Aramco’s oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in the Eastern Province were the target of a sophisticated drone and cruise missile attack. The Houthis of Yemen were quick to claim responsibility for “Operation Deterrent Balance 2”, which more than halved Saudi Arabia’s oil...

  • Did Saudi push Yemen’s Zaydi community into Iran’s hands? 

    It has been argued that the Zaydi sect of Shia Islam is closer to mainstream Sunni Islam than it is to the Twelver Shias who form the majority in Iran. This is particularly so in regards to jurisprudence and general practises. However some socio religious developments among Yemen’s Zaydi...

  • Revival, not revolution in southern Yemen

    Omar Ahmed interviews Salah Al-Noud of Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council...

  • #USAEnemyOfPeace campaign against America’s role in Yemen 

    The US’ attacks on civilians in Yemen have taken centre stage on Twitter as social media users highlight America’s actions using the hashtag #USAEnemyOfPeace. America has been supporting the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen by providing it with intelligence and weapons. Nearly 100,000 people have been killed as a result...