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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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The Islamic State group's failure in Myanmar and Thailand

15 October, 2018

Following their defeat in the Middle East, the Islamic State group has failed to establish itself in Myanmar and Thailand, where Muslims have long faced persecution and waged insurgencies.

Empowering al-Hirak could backfire for the UAE

28 September, 2018

Analysis: While al-Hirak and the UAE may be making common cause against a mutual enemy, their shared interests stop there, writes Austin Bodetti.

Peace in Afghanistan

26 September, 2018

The Taliban and the United States seem to be laying the groundwork for peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan, writes Austin Bodetti.

Islamic Jihad vs Hamas in Gaza

31 August, 2018

Hamas has so far been able to keep its smaller rival in check, but its influence is undeniable, writes Austin Bodetti.

Is the Gulf crisis undermining America's 'war on terror'?

29 August, 2018

Analysis: Gulf tensions bode ill for the American-led effort to fight terror financing in the Middle East, writes Austin Bodetti.

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.

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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