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Austin Bodetti is a freelance journalist specialising in conflict in the Middle East. His writing has appeared in Motherboard, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, Wired, and Yahoo News.

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UAE races to dominate Middle East power politics

23 July, 2018

Analysis: The UAE has established spheres of influence from the deserts of Libya to the shores of Yemen, flying under the radar amid headline-grabbing Saudi interventions elsewhere, writes Austin Bodetti.

Is Thailand next for the Islamic State group?

06 July, 2018

Analysis: The unrest in Thailand's south offers the Islamic State group all that it could need to build a southeast Asian franchise, writes Austin Bodetti.

America uses Tajikistan as Iran substitute language teacher

22 June, 2018

Analysis: Tajikistan's role as an international classroom for Americans studying Persian may prove its greatest contribution to the US, writes Austin Bodetti.

Saudi Arabia's non-aggression pact with al-Qaeda in Yemen

13 June, 2018

Analysis: Saudi Arabia's involvement in the Yemeni civil war has forced it to balance the competing demands of counterterrorism and national interest, writes Austin Bodetti.

How Iran's role differs in Syria and Yemen war

21 May, 2018

Analysis: The differences in Iranian involvement in the Syrian and Yemeni wars offer insights into Tehran's priorities, writes Austin Bodetti.

Iran's international drug dealing risks destabilising Iraq

14 May, 2018

In-depth: Baghdad's corrupt political system, heavily influenced by Tehran, can do little to stop Iranian narcotrafficking in Iraqi cities, reports Austin Bodetti.

The Iraqi translators betrayed by the United States

12 April, 2018

Feature: Iraqis who risked their lives for the US military now find themselves stranded in a country that has very little patience for former translators, reports Austin Bodetti.

Saudi Arabia casts shadow over US role in Yemen

15 January, 2018

Analysis: As the US pressures Saudi Arabia over its involvement in the Yemen crisis, Washington's own subtle involvement in the war may fall by the wayside, notes Austin Bodetti.

Under Haftar siege, Libya's Derna suffering 'huge human catastrophe'

12 January, 2018

In-depth: General Khalifa Haftar is imposing a bloody siege on Derna with diplomatic and military support from the Emiratis, reports Austin Bodetti.

Rohingya holding out for an end to Myanmar's abuses

12 January, 2018

While hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar, others have decided to stay in a country they have considered their homeland for centuries, writes Austin Bodetti.

The Taliban's massive social media presence that's being ignored

22 November, 2017

Analysis: The United States has spent countless man hours working to counter Islamic State's online presence - but has neglected to do the same in Afghanistan, writes Austin Bodetti.

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

16 November, 2017

In-depth: Iran is arming anti-American Shia militias, including one labeled a terrorist organization, through the Iraqi government, an American ally, writes Austin Bodetti.

Austin Bodetti
Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti is a freelance journalist specialising in conflict in the Middle East. His writing has appeared in Motherboard, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, Wired, and Yahoo News.

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