Rise of IS elicits soul searching in Arab Gulf, a source of funds and fighters
In op-eds and at dinner, Gulf Arabs are debating who is to blame for the Islamic State. Culprits include Syria and the US, but also local sheikhs who raised funds for the jihadists.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent October 13, 2014
ISIS advance in Iraq forces Gulf donors to rethink their patronage
Gulf donors who backed rival militants in Syria's civil war are being drawn to ISIS by its success in Iraq, whose government accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting a Sunni rebellion. / June 18, 2014
Wealthy Qatar, a backer of Syria's armed rebels, makes room for displaced students
The school uses the Syrian curriculum so that if and when the conflict ends, displaced children can easily resume their education in Syria.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / April 13, 2014
Bahrain F1 race: How a Sunni backlash kept an uprising at bay
The Formula One race in Bahrain today has put the spotlight back on an uprising here that has faltered due to sectarian distrust.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / April 22, 2012
Pressure mounts on Bahrain as hunger striker reaches 62nd day
Bahrain has been trumpeting its return to normalcy ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix that begins April 20. But now there is increasing pressure to cancel the car race.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / April 10, 2012
Hitched to Qatar's rising star, Al Jazeera takes a bumpy ride skyward
Al Jazeera's relationship with Qatar's emir, who founded the channel in 1996, has drawn more criticism as Qatar takes an increasingly prominent role in the region.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / April 4, 2012
Qatar builds a brand as mediator
Flush with cash and fancy hotels, Qatar has hosted representatives from the West Bank, Gaza, Darfur, and Libya in the past year alone.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / March 28, 2012
Tiny Qatar played outsized role as Arab League president. Will it last?
This week, Iraq takes over the Arab League presidency from Qatar, which has ruffled feathers with its surge in leadership. A Russian official famously told Qatar, 'Go back to your size.'
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / March 28, 2012
Can Islamists share power with secularists? Tunisia is about to find out.
Two secular parties look set to join Tunisia's dominant Islamist Al Nahda party in an alliance that would collectively represent as much as 60 percent of the vote in Sunday's election.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / October 26, 2011
Secularists voice dismay at election gains for Tunisia's Islamist party
Tunisia's election results are not final, but the moderate Islamist party Al Nahda seems poised to get a plurality of the vote. Some secularists voiced alarm, even as the party sought to reassure opponents.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Contributor / October 25, 2011
Unlikely kingmaker emerges in Tunisia's election
Tunisia's election appears to be giving a strong vote to the moderate Islamist party Ennahda. But the much smaller and secular Ettakatol party may determine who forms the majority in the constituent assembly.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Contributor / October 24, 2011
Tunisia election: Smiles, pride as historic day goes smoothly
Tunisians turned out in droves to vote in the Arab Spring's first democratic election today. Early indications were that voting went smoothly throughout most of the country.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Contributor / October 23, 2011
In tougher times, more Saudi women drive for social change
As the cost of living rises in Saudi Arabia, a new generation of women’s rights activists is emerging from the working and middle class.
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How Arab world's newest cable news source made a splash, only to dry up
Bahrain-based Al Arab Television, owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was taken off the air a day after debuting with an interview with a local opposition leader. 'Technical' reasons were cited.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent February 8, 2015
Passing of Saudi King Abdullah felt in Yemen's chaotic descent
As the regime in Yemen crumbled this week, the normally attentive Saudis were absorbed with their own leadership transition: the passing of King Abdullah.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent January 23, 2015
After James Foley murder, an effort to stamp out jihadi Twitter accounts
The jihad group IS videotaped its murder of American journalist James Foley as a propaganda exercise, fueling a debate over when and how often such groups should be censored on social media sites. / August 20, 2014
To host ever more refugees, Jordan wants extra cash - no strings attached
Jordan, on track to house 1 million Syrian refugees by the end of 2014, desperately needs foreign aid, but is tired of the demands that come with it. / May 28, 2014
Forced to flee Syria, young adult refugees stall out
Syrians in the early stages of their careers or finishing up university education have lost critical professional years. Personal dreams are also on hold.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / May 21, 2014
Tunisia's democracy blooms as model for Arab Spring
Smooth elections, a coalition between moderate Islamists and secularists, and an explosion of civic life are propelling Tunisia forward as a model for the Arab Spring.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / November 12, 2011
Why a Saudi blogger faces a possible death sentence for three tweets
Hamza Kashgari's tweets on the prophet Muhammad's birthday have resulted in charges of blasphemy, apostasy, and atheism – and Saudi Arabia appears to be making an example of his actions.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / February 14, 2012
Africa Rising: First it was China, now the Gulf discovers the African market
A decade ago, many African economies seemed locked in stagnation. Now they are booming, and Gulf investors are moving in to take advantage of the growth. By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / March 6, 2012
Bahrain commission issues brutal critique of Arab Spring crackdown
An independent commission presented its findings to Bahrain's king, offering the tiny Gulf country a road map for moving beyond the violence of recent months and repairing relations with the US.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / November 23, 2011
Interview: Former US spy chief sees shift toward Asia
Admiral Dennis C. Blair - the former director of national intelligence - says the US needs to back moderate Islamic societies, and urges Israel to keep pace with a changing Middle East.
By Elizabeth Dickinson, Correspondent / January 31, 2012