Below are all the Arab Digest newsletters going back to 17 June 2013
Summary: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin surprised observers with a quick trip this week to meet with the UAE’s MbZ and the Saudi Crown Prince MbS. The warm and effusive welcomes that greeted him in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh bode ill for the Biden presidency.
Summary: with a caretaker government and a wrecked economy Lebanon can ill-afford another war between Hezbollah and the IDF but as the Israelis pursue their destruction of Gaza the risk continues to rise.
Summary: Israel has said it will win its war in Gaza and destroy Hamas; Tarek Megerisi dissects the three brutal scenarios by which Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu could claim a ‘win’.
Summary: Israel’s aim of destroying Hamas is unlikely to be realised yet in the drive to do so Benjamin Netanyahu seems ready to accept heavy damage to relations with Egypt and other Arab states.
Summary: the UAE as it opens COP28 in Dubai finds itself entangled in a number of controversies from pursuing oil and gas deals under cover of the climate summit to AI dealings with China and a bid to buy The Telegraph that has stirred up a hornets nest of angry Tories.
Summary: a Jewish Canadian who has written plays about the Israel/Palestine conflict offers insights and calls for international intervention as neither side is capable of finding a road to the fair and equitable peace that the majority on both sides yearn for.
Summary: the UAE has just slipped on a banana peel as COP28 is about to get underway in Dubai, raising more questions about the suitability of ADNOC’s Sultan al-Jaber as the climate conference president-designate.
Summary: the UAE is using clever statecraft and COP28 to position itself as the champion of climate action for the Global South while further enhancing its international political clout.
Summary: those who call what the IDF is doing in Gaza a genocide are accused by supporters of the Israeli war effort of being anti-Semites and that charge can be enough to stifle legitimate criticism.
Summary: Israel’s genocidal assault on Gaza is estranging itself from its international partners and turning it into an international pariah creating an unprecedented opportunity for a change in the balance of power not just in the Palestinian struggle but against dictators across the Arab world.
Summary: as the Gaza wars rages on a lesson that should be remembered is that after a decade of upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa states in the region used diplomacy, not military action, to ease tensions and achieve a stable regional order.
Summary: although OPEC+ will almost certainly extend existing cuts at its 26 November meeting and might agree modest additional trimming, growth in non-OPEC+ production is currently on track to see global output outpacing demand through 2024.