Troubles continue to mount for both Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people. Biden moves fast to distance himself from MBS in his dealings with the Kingdom; signs a “soft coup” against MBS may be progressing.
Arab Digest · Biden brings US diplomacy back to the Middle East
A shift in China’s global economic approach hasn’t affected the Gulf states for now but there is no guarantee the status quo will stay in place.
With a Biden administration in place, the Gulf is daring to hope that a new deal will curb Iran’s nuclear weapons appetite for good. But that’s ignoring Israel’s fears.
Iraq’s economy is hurtling down a road to ruin but it is not too late for a change of course.
Summary: Greg Shapland reviews Water and Conflict in the Middle East, a study of hydro-politics in a troubled region.
Arab Digest · Airwars: tracking the airstrike toll
Arab Digest · The Disconnect: MENA regimes versus the people they rule over
Frank talk from the Iraqi finance minister is a measure of how close to economic catastrophe the country is.
As Covid-19 continues its alarming march, the Middle East is facing difficult challenges and hard choices.