While the short to medium term looks grim for the Saudi economy, the kingdom’s youth are digital optimists who see Covid-19 not as a curse but rather as an opportunity.
For years Canada was seen as a nation that in the Middle East charted a different and nuanced course from the United States. But having surrendered that role it seems unlikely now to retrieve it.
President Trump’s fight for a second term may spill over into US policy in the Middle East between now and 3 November.
With Lebanon staring into an economic abyss, the Americans and the Emiratis apply pressure and make demands that the Lebanese cannot possibly fulfil.
Battered by Houthi missile strikes, a resurging coronavirus and a low oil price, Saudi Arabia dramatically reduces the scale of the Hajj.
US views will influence what Netanyahu decides to do on 1 July. Those of other major international actors might do so too. But domestic political considerations may be even more important.
Egypt’s President Sisi is threatening military action in support of the warlord Khalifa Haftar as the Tripoli-based GNA seeks to take the key coastal city of Sirte.
Humanitarian aid to Yemen faces drastic cuts in a country stalked by war, famine and now Covid-19.
Jordan’s king is fighting back against the looming Israeli annexation of West Bank territory that includes the Jordan Valley.
A jump in coronavirus cases has put further pressure on Oman’s economy as Sultan Haitham grapples with a “perfect storm” of low revenues and rising debt levels in the midst of the pandemic.