With a new UN envoy in place and the Saudis and the Iranians talking, there is some hope that stalled peace talks can move forward even as the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate.
Hezbollah and its leader Hassan Nasrallah will go to any lengths to prevent the truth about the 4 August 2020 Beirut harbour blast emerging into the light.
Iran-backed parties did not fare well on 10 October but Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr did and so did women, winning a record number of seats.
The Saudis and the Iranians, erstwhile enemies, now find themselves engaged in conversations aimed at de-escalating tensions with Iraq serving as the go-between.
Few outside Afghanistan know the Taliban as well as Prince Turki Al Faisal and at his recent book launch he called for both caution in dealing with them and compassion for the Afghan people they once again rule over.
Arab Digest · Qatar plays a strong foreign policy hand
While the Gulf states watch with nervous apprehension as President Biden tries to revive the nuclear deal, China is shattering the sanctions and giving Iran an economic lifeline that could wreck hopes for a renewed JCPOA.
The House of Saud is right to feel uneasy about what the US withdrawal from Afghanistan means for the security of their rule.
Arab Digest · The Middle East weighs up the Taliban triumph
On the one year anniversary of the Beirut port explosion, no conclusions have been reached as to what caused it but an Arab Digest member who witnessed the explosion believes that both the Israelis and Hezbollah are to blame. Meanwhile a significant detail has emerged about the amount of ammonium nitrate stored in the port at the time of the blast.