Summary: as Qatar takes the lead in talks aimed at securing a ceasefire the economic vulnerability of MENA countries may be the catalyst that drives the talks forward to a conclusion.
Summary: a Jewish Canadian who has written plays about the Israel/Palestine conflict offers insights and calls for international intervention as neither side is capable of finding a road to the fair and equitable peace that the majority on both sides yearn for.
Summary: the Gulf monarchies claim to be well on the road to diversifying their economies and ending the economic addiction to hydrocarbons. David Roberts, author of a new book on the Gulf, questions those claims.
Summary: President Erdoğan’s decision to allow Sweden into the NATO club points up the challenges the GCC faces as it attempts to play its geopolitical hand in a multipolar world.
Summary: ISIS strikes in Syria, MbS leaves Paris smiling, a “bad bill” comes before the UK parliament, the cycle of violence in the Occupied West Bank intensifies and a great chef passes away in Lebanon.
Summary: MbS in Paris, Qatar moves in on Man United, the UAE rolls out the tax welcome mat for Russia, Kais Saied plays poker with the IMF, Ben-Gvir’s unquenchable thirst and atrocities in Sudan.
Summary: the digital transition is causing major changes across the world, from the adoption of AI chatbots like ChatGPT to major investments in IT infrastructure and fibre-optic cables. The Middle East is scrambling to keep up with the latest developments.
Summary: COP28, scheduled to take place in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December, has invited the Syrian president to attend as the Arab world continues its rehabilitation of a leader once reviled as a pariah.
Summary: as the MENA water crisis deepens Egypt and Saudi Arabia have embarked on desalination mega-projects that involve the creation of impressively large artificial rivers.
Summary: Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, like their fellow GCC members, are showing their determination to kick expats out but their strategies are creating complications, conundrums and contradictions.