Summary: Bahrain’s economy continues to face significant challenges; a Bahraini company takes a stake in Las Vegas real estate; and a bipartisan appeal from US senators urges the Secretary of State to call the regime to account for human rights abuses.
Arab Digest editor William Law is joined by Dr Andreas Krieg, lecturer at the School of Security Studies, King’s College London. On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attack they examine what the West’s ‘war on terror’ has really achieved in MENA: a reinforcement of authoritarian regimes, the fueling of brutal insurgencies, the silencing of protest and the crushing of civil society.
Summary: the indictment of Thomas Barrack has shed significant light on the UAE’s unorthodox efforts to influence American foreign policy in the Middle East before and during the Trump presidency.
Summary: Oman is well placed to move by incremental, evolutionary steps towards a democracy rooted in Islamic values but is Sultan Haitham ready to take those steps?
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Jim Krane, an energy research analyst at Rice University’s Baker Institute in Houston.The podcast focusses on the Gulf’s national oil companies and the challenges they and the MENA region share with the rest of the world as climate change ramps temperatures up. In the Middle East, unless temperature rise is slowed whole regions will become uninhabitable.
Arab Digest editor William Law is joined by the author and academic Christopher Davidson. He’s written several books on the Gulf, the latest, just published by Hurst, is titled From Sheikhs to Sultanism. Their conversation is about two crown princes and their transformation into regional power players. Mohammed bin Salman enjoys playing on the world stage while Mohammed bin Zayed takes a more quiet road but both have consolidated power in an unprecedented manner as they shift from sheikhs to sultans.
Summary: as the US continues to pivot away from the Gulf and the wider Middle East and Iran remains a significant regional threat the GCC, approaching its 40th anniversary, sees strategic sense in patching up differences.
Arab Digest Editor William Law in conversation with Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a Middle East fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of ‘Qatar and the Gulf Feud’. Since the Al Ula accord in January that ended the feud the mood music between the Qataris and the Saudis is all about reconciliation. The Emiratis, however, are not about to get their dancing shoes on, at least not yet.
Summary: the Chinese foreign minister visited six countries in seven days, signing a mega-deal with Iran while cementing economic, military and diplomatic relations everywhere he went.
Summary: as Israel braces for another election, Benjamin Netanyahu has succeeded in tying his Jewish opponents up in knots whilst hamstringing the Arab Joint List and angering Jordan.