Three summits, three talking shops. Boilerplate on Palestine. Hard line on Iran rejected by Iraq and Qatar
The GCC summit in Kuwait reduced from two days to a couple of hours. The cracks of the Qatar vs. four dispute papered over.
The Arab world’s oldest and most comprehensive regional organisation, the Arab League, has only very modest achievements to its name. Other, sub-regional, groupings have ceased to exist, become paralysed or are beset by internal strife. In these circumstances, simply to survive looks like success. We are again grateful to Greg Shapland for this posting. He is a writer on politics, security and resources in the MENA region. He was Head of Research Analysts in the FCO from 2010-13 and is now an Associate Fellow at …
Plans to reform GCC economies have come and gone with the tides of oil prices. In order to create effective change, these countries must diversify their economies away from oil, restructure entrenched fiscal habits, and create job opportunities for nationals in the private sector. The prospects of lower-for-longer oil prices and growing populations make the case for reform all the more urgent.
MBS appointed Saudi Crown Prince, MBN kicked out. Process of concentration of power almost complete. Whether as king or as CP, MBS faces immense challenges.
Tenth chapter of new Arab Digest / Global Policy Journal e-book considers the breakdown of the old order in the region, takes a bold look at the future and concludes with some advice for western policymakers.
Fifth chapter of new Arab Digest / Global Policy Journal e-book explores how the Gulf monarchies have reacted to their increasingly ambiguous relationship with the US.
Oman joins the Saudi-led Coalition against Terrorism, a gesture to Saudi Arabia and the GCC which will only matter if it jeopardises Oman’s role as a mediator – which it probably won’t
Iran joins the Saudi-led Coalition against Terrorism, a gesture to Saudi Arabia and the GCC which will only matter if it jeopardises Oman’s role as a mediator – which it probably won’t.
The US law allowing 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government likely to remain in force. Concern at the harm to international law and US interests. Trump probably in support.