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.
Iraq’s economy is hurtling down a road to ruin but it is not too late for a change of course.
As 2020 draws to a close, there is a flicker of hope that a just-announced unity government and the Biden presidency may signal the beginning of the end of a brutal war that has raged for nearly six years.
The budget strove for a message of ‘steady as she goes’ but a spectacular fall in Saudi Aramco’s revenues and a Covid-19 surge suggest rough seas ahead.
Despite urgent need and a looming famine, key funders have cut aid pledges and funding to Yemen dramatically.
On 5 December 2019, Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering on the Saudi stock exchange Tadawul immediately made it the world’s largest publicly traded company but the IPO has come with a cost that is still to be reckoned with.
Frank talk from the Iraqi finance minister is a measure of how close to economic catastrophe the country is.
Saudi Arabia was hoping that the G20 gathering would help to burnish a brand that has been severely tarnished.
As Covid-19 continues its alarming march, the Middle East is facing difficult challenges and hard choices.
A bomb targets foreigners in Jeddah, the first of its kind for years; Islamic institutions are reshuffled as the regime attacks the Muslim Brotherhood. A new court case threatens to damage MbS’ international standing yet again.