Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
Like other religious minorities, Christians in the MENA region suffer from varying degrees of discrimination and persecution, from a variety of sources. HMG’s response.
Bahrain – two Shia “terrorists” executed. Bahrain an international venue. Relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel.
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.
US Congress has passed a watered-down bill opposing BDS. Local action in the UK against an Israeli weapons company.
Egypt has four decades of experience of building new cities. Others are newer to the game. Results have often been mixed.
Syria – inconclusive fighting in Idlib province and elsewhere. Peace talks not dead.
Palestinian water resources are already under strain. Population growth and climate change will make things more difficult.
The US Ambassador to Israel inaugurates a settler project. The Chilean President’s visit causes a diplomatic incident. And there is a huge turn-out at a funeral in Isawiya.
Qatar pursues an independent policy with discretion – Afghanistan and various Arab disputes.