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Alain Gresh

Alain Gresh is the Director of Orient XXI, a journalist and expert in Middle East affairs. He is the author of 'L’Islam, la République et le monde', Fayard, 2014 among many other works.

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Saudi Arabia mired in quicksand of the Middle East

05 January, 2017

The long read: Two years after acceding to the throne, King Salman faces mounting challenges; both regional and domestic, and questions around his succession remain unanswered, writes Alain Gresh.

Turbulent times for Saudi-Egyptian relations

15 December, 2016

The long read: The strategic alliance that recently appeared to bind Egypt and Saudi Arabia, seems to have been replaced by distrust on both sides. What's changed? asks Alain Gresh.

Europe's convenient relationship with Egypt

12 July, 2016

Comment: The EU's position towards Egypt sees a return to policies of the past, with support for dictators growing in the name of commercial interests, writes Alain Gresh

France's initiative for Israel-Palestine: the conditions of success

17 June, 2016

Comment: If Paris wants to facilitate the "peace process", it must recognise that the Israeli government is the stumbling block, and act accordingly, writes Alain Gresh

Egypt: Jockeying for position in the emerging regional order

28 June, 2015

Comment: In part two of this two-part series, Alain Gresh argues the emerging regional order poses serious domestic and regional challenges to Egypt, which it is struggling to address.

Egypt: Struggling to assert itself in the Middle East

28 June, 2015

Comment: In part one of this two-part series, Alain Gresh argues Egypt is struggling to follow an independent foreign policy and move out of the long shadow of Saudi Arabia.

Dubai's controversial police chief speaks out - again

22 May, 2015

Analysis: Dubai's police chief, Dhahi Khalfan al-Tamim, is known for speaking his mind, which has made him a renegade and maverick hero in the Gulf, says Alain Gresh.

A tangle of conflicts and geopolitical ambitions in Yemen

05 April, 2015

The Arab intervention in Yemen shows that pushing back Iran's growing power is the top strategic priority for Saudi Arabia.

The Muslim Brotherhood and its future prospects

02 April, 2015

Comment: A pair of new books strive to answer questions about the future of the Muslim Brotherhood both in Egypt and the wider Arab world.

Eric Rouleau: The great journalist of the Near East

11 March, 2015

Blog: The French ambassador and journalist who died last month was probably the most influential journalist covering the Near East, not only in France, but around the world.

A day in the life of Cairo's Matariya

03 February, 2015

Blog: Activists pack the narrow streets of Matariya, risking death to stage peaceful protests against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. And, as usual, local media distort the truth.

Charlie Hebdo: A journey from anti-colonialism towards Islamophobia

12 January, 2015

France has a long and time-honoured tradition of satirical media to which Charlie Hebdo firmly belonged. But it came a long way from its roots in the radical French left to supporting NATO intervention, opposing Palestinians and taking on Islam.

Alain Gresh
Alain Gresh

Alain Gresh is the Director of Orient XXI, a journalist and expert in Middle East affairs. He is the author of 'L’Islam, la République et le monde', Fayard, 2014 among many other works.

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