Author profile: David Maggs

David Maggs is Middle East Editor at e-IR. He studied philosophy as an undergraduate, and is currently reading for an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS, University of London. His main interests lie in international relations, political Islam and Israeli history.

Regional Power Struggles Between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Arab Spring Era

Regional Power Struggles Between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Arab Spring Era

Saudi Arabia is currently in the lead against Iran. Riyadh has consolidated allegiance from states with huge payouts and also strengthened the GCC. Though Saudi Arabia faces huge difficulties in Yemen, and uncertainty in Syria and Libya, Iran has failed to make any inroads in increasing its influence at Riyadh’s expense, except in Lebanon.

The growth of Salafi-Jihadism in Gaza and consequences for the peace process

The growth of Salafi-Jihadism in Gaza and consequences for the peace process

Hamas is currently treading a very risky line. For the Salafi-Jihadists, Hamas has de-legitimised itself as an Islamic group and as a leader of the resistance against Israel. Rather ironically, Hamas will be better off in the short term continuing to simultaneously straddle positions of moderation and extremism – basically maintaining the status quo.

The History, Politics and Ideology of Hamas

The History, Politics and Ideology of Hamas

Hamas ultimately wishes for the end of Israel and the liberation of Palestine, but it thinks almost exclusively in short term goals and is open to the possibility of entering into negotiations. The dominant view in Israel seeks to stop Hamas getting any more of a foothold in Palestine than it already does, doubting the sincerity of its elements of moderation.

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