Summary: The United Arab Emirates decision to recognise Israel was conditional on the US selling the Emiratis the most dominant stealth fighter jet in the world.
Two MENA experts and their thoughts on what a continuation of the Trump presidency or a victory by Joe Biden will mean for the Middle East.
Regardless of who is elected president, Washington may choose to let lapse a struggling U.S. initiative aimed at achieving greater security cooperation between MENA states.
The fragility of Sudan’s efforts to achieve democracy have been exposed by the decision to normalise relations with Israel.
Arab Digest · Biden And The Middle East
Qatari foreign affairs, once hugely ambitious and assertive, are today much more modest but proving very effective in blunting the blockade put on it by its Gulf neighbours.
Arab Digest · Qatar, The Feud And The Future Of The GCC
As Arab regimes move their money and families to the West they are securing growing political influence while spreading and normalising corrupt practices.
A growing debt crisis imperils Oman’s vaunted ability to maintain neutrality in a tough neighbourhood.
Arab Digest · From Obama to Trump: US policy in the Middle East