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James Snell


James Snell is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous international publications including The Telegraph, Prospect, National Review, NOW News, Middle East Eye and History Today.

After a rosy honeymoon phase under Trump, relations between Saudi Arabia and the US have taken a sour turn under the Biden administration. But behind snarky comments are deeper grievances, writes James Snell.

24 May, 2022

Analysis: Amid Turkey's economic crisis, rising public anger against refugees has been seized upon by the political opposition.

10 May, 2022

Analysis: France's youngest-ever president fashioned himself as an international statesman who would reinvigorate French diplomacy, but his foreign policy gambits have largely failed.

19 April, 2022

Analysis: Jordan's stability is often taken for granted. The Prince Hamzah affair showed that the kingdom’s politics are more fractious than appearances suggest.

14 April, 2022

Analysis: The mass execution of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha by Russian forces is part of a wider tactic of targeting non-combatants and civil society to defeat resistance, a technique the Kremlin has honed across the Middle East and Africa.

05 April, 2022

Analysis: Despite some mixed signals, China has support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as Beijing and Moscow remain steadfast in their shared goal of overturning US supremacy and rewriting the world order.

29 March, 2022

Putin’s war tactics are not ‘medieval’. Over the last two decades, from Chechnya to Syria, Russia has perfected its war machine, refining tactics ranging from locating and striking humanitarian targets to double-tap bombings, writes James Snell.

25 March, 2022

In-depth: As the world responds to Russia's invasion of Ukraine with unprecedented sanctions, Russia's richest oligarchs have flocked to the UAE as a financial haven to hide their wealth, and the business hub nation has welcomed them with open arms.

17 March, 2022

In-depth: With several countries in the Middle East heavily reliant on Ukrainian wheat, and in a region where bread is highly political, the Russian invasion could trigger widespread food insecurity and political unrest.

02 March, 2022

Analysis: China's Belt and Road Initiative has provided the capital for infrastructure projects across the less developed world, but once the projects are done, local governments are often left in Beijing's debt.

07 January, 2022