As the US continues to pivot away from the Gulf and the wider Middle East and Iran remains a significant regional threat the GCC, approaching its 40th anniversary, sees strategic sense in patching up differences.
Heroin mostly enters the Arab world from Afghanistan via Iran enroute to markets in Europe. Arab countries close to the main smuggling routes are the most impacted by the trade. The Syrian war has led traffickers to re-route heroin shipments via the Black Sea and Africa.
With the US pivoting to Asia, the actions of regional players may be the key to helping to stabilise the Middle East.
Arab Digest · The Kurds of Iraq and Syria
The Gulf sultanate of Oman has seen a steady rise in pandemic numbers that, coupled with low oil prices, is presenting significant challenges.
Arab Digest · Mosul
Summary: the Middle East and North Africa is a crucial battleground in the global struggle to contain the damage climate change is inflicting but time is fast running out for countries in the region to take concerted action.
Joe Biden talked about taking away the free pass human rights abusers enjoyed with his White House predecessor but politics and pragmatism, rather than human rights prevail.
Despite domestic opposition in both Iran and the US, broad self-interest including China’s concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East point towards reinvigoration of the JCPOA — but not quite yet.
Arab Digest · Syria and a way to end the war