Summary: a delicate balancing act in the wider Middle East sees three countries sharing common strategic ground as Putin’s war in the Ukraine continues with unabated ferocity.
Summary: under the umbrella of the Abraham Accords Israel and its new friends in the Middle East are wasting no time in deepening security, economic and diplomatic relations.
Summary: as America continues to withdraw from the Middle East, China sees opportunities and has moved adeptly into Iraq with commitments to build infrastructure that will help get the country out of its energy crisis.
Summary: the description of Israel as an apartheid state has stirred an angry reaction within the country and among its international supporters but there is much in the Amnesty report that deserves consideration.
Summary: the death of an elderly Palestinian-American at the hands of the IDF raises yet again the imperative of the fight for justice in Palestine; a transcript of our 31 December podcast with the Conservative MP for Reigate Crispin Blunt who launched the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) in 2021.
Arab Digest editor William Law kicks off the Digest’s first podcast of 2022 with the Egyptian analyst and writer Maged Mandour who argues that President Sisi has tethered Egypt’s foreign policy to the domestic imperative of strengthening his harsh authoritarian grip. Through massive borrowing and weapons purchases Sisi has lured Europe and America into turning a blind eye to human rights abuses and to an economic model that is destined to fail with profound consequences for Egypt, MENA and the wider world.
Summary: the cause of the 2020 Beirut blast is debated but what is indisputable is that the failure to uncover the truth is denying the people of Lebanon the justice they deserve.
Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with the Conservative MP Crispin Blunt about his efforts to find justice for Palestinians through the Israeli and international justice systems. He is he says “done with false hope” and the way forward now is to use the courts to right historic wrongs commmited against the Palestinian people.
Arab Digest editor William Law is joined by the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Cinzia Bianco. Cinzia takes an insightful look at the year just past in the Middle East and North Africa, from coups, to Covid, to MbS and MbZ, to alliances abandoned and new ones forged. And she offers her predictions for 2022.
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.