No resolution of the Qatar vs. four dispute – propaganda continues. Qatar surviving well. US talks up the need for unity. Active foreign policy continues.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
GCC summit in Riyadh solves no problems but keeps the show on the road. MBS turns up at last.
Elections have been held in Bahrain since 2002 but have yet to have much meaning. Homage to MBS. Bahrain in Israel’s sights.
Bahrain – elections to the lower house on 24 November – limited importance. Numerous arrests a cause for concern.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts on every country in the Arab world but policymaking in response to new fintech like blockchain and cryptocurrencies varies widely.
The Qatar vs four dispute appears trivial and absurd but has real consequences – human, political, economic, defence.
Canada criticises Saudi detention of women activists and provokes a fierce reaction. US appears indifferent.
Iraq and the six GCC states share the Gulf with Iran and with each other. In many cases, maritime boundaries between them have been agreed; in other cases, disputes remain. Where offshore oil and gas deposits do not fall neatly under the sovereignty of one state, cooperative arrangements have often been instituted.
Bahrain dependent on Saudi Arabia and UAE support. Human rights – mixed picture. Trial balloon on Israel.