Joe Biden talked about taking away the free pass human rights abusers enjoyed with his White House predecessor but politics and pragmatism, rather than human rights prevail.
Opportunity beckons for a MENA regional security initiative but it requires a leadership role from the GCC.
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.
A hydrogen economy may be Saudi Arabia’s least bad hope for the future.
Arab Digest · Biden brings US diplomacy back to the Middle East
A shift in China’s global economic approach hasn’t affected the Gulf states for now but there is no guarantee the status quo will stay in place.
Covid-19 second wave plunges Egypt’s national health system back into crisis. The regime deploys propaganda and disinformation as it engages in vaccine diplomacy with China.
Arab Digest · A dangerous game: Turkey and the politics of energy
As American power and prestige wanes in the region, China sees advantage in playing both sides in the Persian Gulf.
A growing debt crisis imperils Oman’s vaunted ability to maintain neutrality in a tough neighbourhood.