Tariq Al-Homayed
Saudi journalist and writer, and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

The 'Next Day' Region

Anyone following up on the news in our region will find a noticeable recurrence of the expression, “the next day.” For example, since the beginning of war in Gaza, the Palestinians, including Fatah and Hamas, as well as Israelis, Arabs, the United States, and European countries have been repeatedly…

Act as if Netanyahu Didn’t Exist  

For years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been reiterating that Israel has no Palestinian partner it can make a deal with, and Western leaders, media institutions, and think-tanks found his claim compelling. Today, after an international movement was precipitated by Saudi Arabia…

The Crisis of Confidence in International Organizations is Real

There is a real crisis of confidence in international organizations, especially in our region, whether they are research and thought centers, or legal organizations whose status and power stem from international laws. It is a deep crisis of confidence, and it increases over the course of days and…

How to Understand the Enemy

The Godfather has a famous quote that applies to politics and is worth keeping in mind. "Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment." This quote is particularly relevant to our thinking on how to deal with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as well as any enemy in the region. Netanyahu is…

Saudi Arabia’s Commitment To Fighting Terrorism Is Solid

At a time when the focus is on development and reform efforts in Saudi Arabia - of the economy, investment, and society - as well as enhancing citizens’ quality of life while developing a clear and prominent political role in the region, the Kingdom is also focused on another important matter…

Depletion and Undermining

The least that can be said about the US strikes on Iranian targets in Iraq and Syria in retaliation to the killing of three American troops is that what is happening in our region – whether carried out by Iran and its militias, or American responses – is depletion and undermining. Is it…

The Difference between Washington and Tehran

All talk now is focused on the nature of the expected US response to Iran, in the wake of the killing of three US soldiers on the Jordanian border by an Iranian militia drone. Will it be an effective reaction or just a formal one? Republicans are demanding a harsh response, and within Iran itself. …

Striking Circles!

Anyone contemplating the scene in the region - and let us imagine, dear reader, the following image: Israel continues to strike Gaza and Hamas, and targets the Iranian militias in Syria and Lebanon, while Iranian militias continue to attack the Americans in Iraq and Syria through the Houthis. This…

Temporary Survival

The region was spared a real catastrophe, but only temporarily, when both Pakistan and Iran were content with mutual strikes on the borders of the two countries, after the unprecedented attack carried out by Tehran on the Pakistani border. The Iranian assault on Pakistani territory almost led to a…

The Battered Arab States

In 2009, the Iraqi Prime Minister at the time, Nouri al-Maliki, called on the Security Council to investigate Syria's role in the bombings of "Bloody Wednesday." He accused the Damascus regime of harboring Baathists and terrorists targeting Iraq. Now, in 2024, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry has…