Tag Archives: Gulf states

Bahrain v Israel: how sport could help cement peace accords in the Middle East

Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel. EFKS/Shutterstock

Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel. EFKS/Shutterstock Hussa Khalid, Loughborough University Back in 2016, I was excited for the Bahrain Women’s National team to compete in the Aphrodite Cup, an international football tournament held in Cyprus. Bahrain’s team, of which I was in charge, had previously participated in an earlier edition of …

Read More »

Marriage of convenience: what does the historic Israel-UAE agreement mean for Middle East peace?

Andrew Harnik/AP

Andrew Harnik/AP Tony Walker, La Trobe University The normalisation of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has variously been described as a “breakthrough” and an important staging moment towards a comprehensive Middle East peace. These conclusions are, at best, premature. Normalisation of relations between Israel and an important Gulf state is a highly significant development whose fallout …

Read More »

About-face: politicians switch from vilifying burqas to mandating masks

Yui Mok/PA

Nilufar Ahmed, University of Bristol People in the UK will be soon be required by law to wear masks in shops to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This follows the introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport in June. There is evidence that supports the public health benefits of wearing face coverings in public. But the UK government and …

Read More »