Politics

Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen
Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia wants to use the coronavirus pandemic to put the costly fiasco of the Yemen war behind it - and save face in the process. The Houthis, on the other hand, now feel their time has come.

Shia Muslims and the spread of Corona
Shia Muslims and the spread of Corona

The spread of coronavirus has shone light on the various alliances and conflicts throughout the region, but the unfolding pandemic seems only to be deepening divisions rather than healing them.

Negotiating with Iran
Negotiating with Iran

Peace with and within Iran may seem an outlandish prospect to many following recent events. Yet reaching an agreement is now not only vital for the stability of neighbouring countries, but also in the interests of the Iranian people themselves.

Interview with former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal
Interview with former Saudi intelligence chief Turki al-Faisal

As recent events have deepened uncertainty in the Gulf, zenith asks former Saudi intelligence chief Turki al-Faisal for his thoughts on the death of Qassem Suleimani, Saudi support for Iraq and a possible rapprochement between the kingdom and Iran.

Libysche Milizen auf Patrouille
How to make the Berlin Conference on Libya a success

Libya’s warring factions, and their international backers, converge on Berlin today in a bid to end the country’s latest civil war. Here’s what it takes for the conference to be a success.

Mass protests in Algeria ahead of presidential elections
The military, the protest movement and democracy in Algeria

The intelligence services, by taming the media outlets and opposition parties, have broken an attempted democratic transition in Algeria.

Der Mann, der an Soleimanis Seite starb
Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis

In 2017, zenith’s editor-in-chief, Daniel Gerlach, met Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, “the Engineer” behind a prominent Iraqi paramilitary organisation, who was killed on 3 January by a US drone strike in Baghdad. Who was he and what drove him?

The Assad regime on the offensive in Syria’s Idlib
The Assad regime on the offensive in Syria’s Idlib

The situation in Idlib remains dire. Idlib-native Merna Alhasan, spoke to zenith about the recent assaults on the city, covering the story as a female journalist, and how the Assad regime controls the narrative on the war in Syria.