A growing debt crisis imperils Oman’s vaunted ability to maintain neutrality in a tough neighbourhood.
In Libya a new kind of war, with unmanned armed drones, is unfolding, offering new opportunities for weapons manufacturers.
The launch of the UAE’s Mars probe is an astonishing achievement for a small Gulf state; meanwhile back here on earth Dubai’s economy could be hurtling toward a major recession.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
Plans for Aramco IPO beset with difficulties. MBS appoints a new broom.
Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.
Arms sales to Saudi Arabia by US, UK and France criticised, but governments undeterred. Missiles/nuclear.
Sudan – 60 demonstrators killed, talks between the military and the protesters stalled.
The US President’s re-election calculus stands to be more important in determining American policy in the Middle East than the views of any number of advisors and US allies.