Arab Digest · The MBZ Pivot
With the US pivoting to Asia, the actions of regional players may be the key to helping to stabilise the Middle East.
With the US pivoting to Asia and further disengaging from the Gulf, Abu Dhabi and the Chinese are enjoying a warm economic embrace.
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.