Summary: the Horn of Africa is an overlooked but crucial region riven by factionalism, tribal animosity, a bitter colonial legacy and the intervention of powerful regional players including the UAE.
Summary: the Saudi response to an influx of Ethiopian migrants has been to launch a brutal campaign of mass murder, rape and torture driving migrants who survive back into Yemen where they face further atrocities from all sides in the Yemen conflict.
Our podcast Cairo and Ankara: a new axis? ranks number 7 in the Arab Digest top ten podcast list. It was released 18 June 2021 and features Ali Bakir, a research assistant professor at Ibn Khaldoon center for Humanities and Social Sciences in Doha. Ali is an analyst following geopolitical and security trends in the Middle East, and especially those between Turkey and the Arab world. His conversation with Digest editor William Law focussed on the thaw in relations between Cairo and Ankara.
Summary: Egypt is preparing to host COP27 at Sharm el Sheikh this November where it is expected to make the case for reparations for the Global South, despite its own poor environmental record.
Summary: while street protests continue, the generals, aided by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, tighten the noose on the Sudanese people and their call for a transition to democracy.
Summary: Egyptology is the gift that keeps on giving for Sisi’s regime both politically and economically.
Summary: Qatar, together with many other countries condemned the coup but has been quick to meet its leader and in so doing undermined efforts at moving Sudan to democracy.
Summary: the murder of a female intelligence officer has brought fragile Somalia to the brink of state collapse.
Summary: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are in the midst of a public feud over production cuts with the potential to wreck OPEC+ and set off an oil market pricing brawl.
Summary: 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).