The murder of a female intelligence officer has brought fragile Somalia to the brink of state collapse.
While the Gulf states watch with nervous apprehension as President Biden tries to revive the nuclear deal, China is shattering the sanctions and giving Iran an economic lifeline that could wreck hopes for a renewed JCPOA.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, though seriously degraded by US drone strikes, remains a constant threat and one emboldened by the Taliban victory in Afghanistan.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi like the ancient pharaoh made infamous in Shelley’s poem, has pretensions to greatness that are driving his country down a ruinous road.
As the Sahel sees increasing jihadist insurgencies, Mauritania remains free of the scourge of terrorism…for now.
Tunisia’s president has succeeded by presenting the image of a humble man fighting corruption but there is growing risk that the attraction to power will cause him to lead his country back down the road of dictatorship.
Morocco has faced tough economic challenges with COVID taking a toll but government action helped limit the damage as a billionaire gets the nod from King Mohammed VI to serve as his next PM.
Three ‘events’ in the coming weeks stand to have a significant impact on the timing of peak oil, with profound implications for Saudi Arabia in particular.
America’s debacle in Afghanistan began with a surprise attack that launched a never-ending ‘war on terror’.
The new UN special envoy has a daunting task trying to end the war; a good start is to pressure to replace UNSC 2216.