At a crucial moment, with tensions between Iran and the US running dangerously high, the region loses the voice of an independent honest broker.
2019 has seen the biggest protests in the MENA region since 2011 together with ongoing wars, escalating tensions and economic and political insecurity.
Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
Oman has a record as defuser of crises and as mediator. Currently claiming to defuse but not to mediate.
Egypt has four decades of experience of building new cities. Others are newer to the game. Results have often been mixed.
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.
Locust swarms around the Red Sea and across Arabia may cause serious harm depending on the next three months.
The US Congress is again considering legislation against the OPEC cartel. This time it may bite the bullet.
US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not