Summary: May’s parliamentary elections saw candidates for change emerge as winners and Hezbollah and its allies sustain significant losses so could this be the signal that the country’s long descent into economic chaos may finally be coming to a close?
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Summary: as the captagon trade continues to boom in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, its security and geopolitical implications have become harder to ignore.
Summary: the election of a new president ends months of political chaos; the UN raises the alarm over an impending famine; US troops return to prevent an “African Afghanistan”.
Summary: Italy and Europe look to Algeria to reduce their dependence on Russian gas, but the North African country’s lack of strategic economic thinking has reinforced the perception that it is an unstable partner.
Summary: although Russia’s invasion of Ukraine further complicates Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s quest for a geopolitically balanced foreign policy, it stands to help him in his principal objective of securing a further term of office next year.
Summary: Tahnoon, part consigliere part strategic driver, is seen as a unique player within the UAE and the GCC. Avoiding the limelight, the prince has been able to get on with his job of taking care of family business.
Summary: Tiran and Sanafir, two small islands in the Red Sea at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba feature large in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s radical re-engineering of the kingdom’s economy away from its dependency on oil revenues.
Summary: a Qatari princess who publicly criticised a senior member of the Qatari royal family died on Sunday in Marbella in unexplained circumstances.
Summary: as temperatures rise the impact of climate change on the Middle East and North Africa grows ever more dire and the challenge for the region’s leaders to work together to head off a climate catastrophe ever more urgent.
Summary: Morocco implements new legislation regarding the production and sale of cannabis but full decriminalisation is still a long way off.