The kingdom, with Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, is building a tourism sector from the ground up spending vast sums in a bid to secure a lucrative industry.
Benjamin Netanyahu wants to present it as otherwise but Israel lost the latest round in the Gaza wars and in the Arab Street and beyond Hamas is proclaimed the victor.
Arab Digest · Cairo and Ankara: a new axis?
Ethiopia will soon begin the second filling of the reservoir behind its huge dam on the Blue Nile, with no agreement with Egypt and Sudan in place (or in prospect).
Amidst continuing security concerns, conflict zones in MENA have assured that the region remains the globe’s top armaments importer.
The entrenchment of a chauvinist, militarized nationalism has enabled Egypt’s President Sisi to reinforce his dictatorial and repressive rule with impunity.
Summary: On 20 May 2021 Arab Digest interviewed EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation Christian Berger about relations with Egypt and issues that included arms sales and human rights
Years in the making, Sisi’s elite New Administrative Capital will physically isolate most Egyptians from their government in an effort to fortify the regime against social pressures and political protests.
After months of negotiations a new Libyan government has emerged but massive corruption and personal ambitions may once again stymy efforts to rebuild a war-shattered country.
As the US continues to pivot away from the Gulf and the wider Middle East and Iran remains a significant regional threat the GCC, approaching its 40th anniversary, sees strategic sense in patching up differences.