A deal that would see Iraqi oil sent via pipeline to Jordan and Egypt has lots of upsides and one very big downside.
We thank Professor Toby Dodge for permission to republish his moving tribute to Dr Hisham al-Hashimi. Professor Dodge is the Director of the Kuwait Programme, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
Summary: The Saudis see opportunities to build a better relationship with Iraq but to do so they need to avoid short term gains and develop long term strategies.
Arab Digest · The Influencers
Arab Digest · The Gulf States and Iran: a complex relationship that is often tense and never dull
An acute shortage of clean water in oil-rich Basra governorate underscores the multiple failures of central government.
Haidar Al Abadi the former Iraqi prime minister has plenty of advice for the new prime minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi while not ruling out his own return.
Summary: Iraq finally has a government but the challenges it faces are enormous.