Summary: Israel’s genocidal assault on Gaza is estranging itself from its international partners and turning it into an international pariah creating an unprecedented opportunity for a change in the balance of power not just in the Palestinian struggle but against dictators across the Arab world.
Summary: the Gaza war has reinforced the conviction among young Arabs that the West has little or no concern for the rights of Palestinians and that much of what it says about freedom, justice and equality does not extend to the Arab world.
Summary: even taking into account the uptick in the price of oil since 7 October, markets remain calm in the face of the Israel/Hamas war. Both history and current events suggest that this is appropriate even though risks of serious escalations abound.
Summary: Europe and the EU’s response to the Gaza war displays deep splits and layers of contradictions that are reinforcing the conviction among non-western populations and their leaders that a racist double-standard is at play.
Summary: popular support for the Palestinian cause has brought hundreds of thousands into the streets while creating challenges for the leadership of the Maghreb countries that were once colonies of France and with whom relations were already strained.
Summary: the Derna disaster demands an immediate response but already the Haftar clan is holding survivors hostage as it attempts to control the reconstruction effort.
Summary: a western media focus on the ill-treatment of sub-Saharan migrants ignores another harsh reality, the desperation of young Tunisians seeking to escape the economic crisis engulfing their country.
Summary: Giorgia Meloni’s Made in Italy fund is seeking investment from MENA energy players and Algeria has an opportunity and history on its side to engage with the Italians and invest in the fund. What’s lacking is the political will and the economic nous to seize the opportunity.
Summary: Mohammed bin Zayed has diligently, carefully and quietly built his small Gulf state into a regional powerhouse. Matthew Hedges analyses how he has done that.
Summary: in an assessment that time has shown to be unerringly accurate, a leading American Middle East expert delineated the Kais Saied coup and the way in which the US and Europe stood by while Tunisian democracy was dismantled.