Summary: a new book on Yemen by Arab Digest contributor Helen Lackner is an invaluable primer on the history, politics and prospects of a country stalked by war.
Summary: as the economy crashes irregular migration has surged to levels not seen since 2011 with new routes, methods and actors becoming involved.
Summary: with EU authorities investing in deterrence and containment, while abandoning people in distress at sea, the central Mediterranean Sea remains deadly.
Summary: both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have made significant commitments to net zero, for the Emiratis it’s 2050 and the Saudis 2060, but getting there will be a challenge for both Gulf states.
Summary: Bahrain’s crown prince made bold commitments at COP26 but reality in the small Gulf island kingdom shows a government that continues to put profits ahead of environmental concerns.
Summary: As Mauritania’s president steps up his anti-corruption drive and the country’s neighbours face growing terrorist insurrections, Britain’s new ambassador in Nouakchott talks up opportunities for British business
Summary: Putin’s visits to Saudi Arabia and the UAE mark a significant change in the relationship, as perceptions of US decline are reinforced by Trumpian flip-flop.
Summary: Gibraltar has accepted that the detained tanker carrying Iranian oil will not breach EU sanctions on Syria, and released her. But until she sails US attempts to detain her continue.
Summary: Israel and Hamas have agreed to an “extended calm”. Not clear how long it will hold. Meanwhile, living conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate.
Summary: BDS suffers a setback in Germany. Controversy as usual mainly in the Israeli media. Nothing new from the UN.