A new report on organised crime around the world indicates Arab countries are amongst the world’s biggest offenders, with states in conflict or post-conflict at the bottom of the list.
With the warlord Khalifa Haftar emerging from defeat doing deals with the wily political survivor Aguila Saleh and a corrupt Prime Minister Dbeibah in place, the people gain no measure of security and face a bleak and unpromising future as the UN muddles and foreign powers continue to meddle in Libya
Climate change is driving global energy transition and both the pace of change and the manner in which it is effected will have a profound impact on the Middle East’s hydrocarbons producers.
As uncertainty hovers around the Biden administration’s approach to the Middle East, Samuel Ramani, a non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum reflects on Vladimir Putin’s MENA strategy. This is a transcript, edited for clarity and length, of a recent podcast conversation with Arab Digest editor William Law. The podcast is available here.
The battlefield success of Turkish drones in Libya, Iraq and Syria are changing the way that Middle East wars are being fought and regional geo-political ambitions are being realised.
Amidst continuing security concerns, conflict zones in MENA have assured that the region remains the globe’s top armaments importer.
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