Arab Digest editor William Law welcomes back the geopolitical analyst and commentator Samuel Ramani to discuss how, in the past decade, Russia has consistently played a strong hand in the Middle East, buttressing relations with MENA states and presenting itself as an honest disputes mediator while exploiting anxieties and uncertainties to advantage as America continues to pull away from its longstanding role as the region’s guarantor of security.
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Annelle Sheline, a Research Fellow in the Middle East program at the Quincy Institute in Washington DC. The podcast focusses on the marketing of ‘moderate Islam’ as a propaganda weapon designed to convince the West and most importantly America that the authoritarian regimes that espouse it are bastions of tolerance and promulgators of shared values.
Arab Digest Editor William Law in conversation with Sami Hamdi, editor in chief of The International Interest (https://www.intlinterest.com/) on the normalisation deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have made bold and sweeping claims but the Arab world does not share their enthusiasm.
Courtney Freer, research fellow at the London School of Economics Middle East Programme, discusses political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood in the MENA region.
Festival marking end of Ramadan probably 5 June. Long holidays, traditional family celebrations, a travel boom. Clash with the cricket World Cup. Multiple wars continue.
Ramadan – likely date, religious, social and business implications.
As Prime Minister Imran Khan prioritises blasphemy in line with strong sentiment in Pakistan, and also with Saudi policy. He needs Saudi finance but is not personally close to the Saudis. Next problem: China and the Uighurs.
Many other shrines and pilgrimages in the Muslim world. Frontiers crossed. Shia take gold.
Turkey moves to presidential system. Odds on AKP victory, but opposition in with a chance. Importance for the Arab world.
the Eid holiday likely to begin on 15 June and lasts several days. A happy religious and secular occasion with a mix of traditional and modern.