Summary: the situation in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region remains unsettled almost a month after a deadly ballistic missile attack on Erbil that killed four people.
Summary: the oil market suggests that investors have, overall, learned to live with the current crisis in the Middle East, as well as the Russia/Ukraine war and China/Taiwan tensions. However, they still need to beware of less high profile war risk, consistent with the turbulent times in which we live.
Summary: in the wake of Sunday’s killing of three US military personnel President Biden is weighing up what America’s response will be.
Summary: in stoutly backing Israel’s PM, the US and the UK are enabling a politician who in his bid for self-preservation is prepared to plunge the Middle East into a catastrophic regional war.
Summary: Israel brushes aside empty calls for restraint from its Western friends and allies fully understanding that it can continue a campaign of genocide in Gaza secure in the knowledge that neither the US nor Iran want a full-blown regional war.
Summary: as the Gaza wars rages on a lesson that should be remembered is that after a decade of upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa states in the region used diplomacy, not military action, to ease tensions and achieve a stable regional order.
Summary: last week, we looked at current theatres of war in Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Now, as the Gaza war rages on, we turn to Syria.
Summary: diplomacy rather than bullets marked the end, at least for the time being, of a dispute between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan that had it not been resolved had the potential to explode into a major military confrontation.
Summary: a leading security expert explains the strategy behind President Biden’s ongoing negotiations to have Saudi Arabia recognise Israel and argues that with time on the Saudi side a deal is not coming anytime soon.
Summary: Beijing’s overarching desire to defend its governance model domestically, especially at a time when it is facing sustained economic headwinds, calls into question the benefits of BRICS membership for traditional US allies in the MENA region.