Mona Alami is researcher and a journalist on Middle East political and economic affairs , with a special interest in non-state armed actors and gender issues.
Amidst an ongoing political row between Lebanon and Gulf states and Hezbollah's tightening grip on Lebanese politics, it is unlikely that Saudi Arabia will recant its hardline position on the crisis-hit nation anytime soon, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: As the Syrian civil war begins to come to its conclusion, Assad is clearing out any competition by conducting a large purge of paramilitary forces, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: In addition to anger over corruption and the lavish lives of the elites, the effects of climate change are compounding resentment in Iraqi society, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Never mind peace, justice or democracy, the global community has decided Assad must stay in power, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Russia's ties with the Assad regime will of course prevail, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Iraq's elections are shedding light on the the deep rift within the PMU, and the contested influence of Iran in the organisation's future, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: The consolidation of the PMU into one homogenous a group is a complicated task for the Iraqi government, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Regime gains on the ground in Idlib and eastern Ghouta will not be the end of the struggle for Syria, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: PMF militia commander Khazaali's visit to Lebanon was an astute bit of publicity on the part of Hizballah, writes Mona Alami.
Comment: Rather than exacerbate sectarian rifts, the drama surrounding Lebanese PM Hariri's resignation has actually served to boost national harmony, writes Mona Alami.