Thus far a modest market reaction and US President Donald Trump’s wish to avoid a major spike in oil prices as he gears up for his re-election campaign are signs that war is not the inevitable outcome of the Sulemaini assassination
The assassination of the Iranian Quds Force general Qassem Suleimani dramatically alters the political landscape of the Middle East. How Iran responds will determine if the region is marching toward a major war.
2019 has seen the biggest protests in the MENA region since 2011 together with ongoing wars, escalating tensions and economic and political insecurity.
Iraqis remain in the streets, calling for the removal of a political elite mired in corruption but the political structure enabling the elite remains entrenched.
As Iraq’s political elite strives to hang onto power, protesters in the streets are demanding sweeping change and are prepared to face death to achieve it.
As authorities struggle to contain protest in countries across MENA, demonstrators are showing that they have learned from the failures of the Arab Spring
Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
Widespread spontaneous protests in Iraq, over a hundred killed. Scandal of “pleasure marriages”.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
Unusual Israeli attacks on both Lebanon and Iraq – a mixed reaction from the US.