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.
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.