Arab Digest · The Middle East weighs up the Taliban triumph
In the midst of a terrible war, Yemen is stalked by another enemy, one that Yemenis know far too much about and the world far too little.
After a season of disputes that culminated with MBS and MBZ, the two most powerful leaders in the Arab world, refusing to take each others’ phone calls, all is well again and warm relations are resumed, at least for now.
An Omani peace initiative and Saudi eagerness to end the war may possibly start Yemen on the road to peace but Emirati ambitions and Houthi gains complicate further an already intensely complex crisis.
Oman is well placed to move by incremental, evolutionary steps towards a democracy rooted in Islamic values but is Sultan Haitham ready to take those steps?
As the Gulf states seek to shift away from oil dependency, Oman is uniquely placed to diversify its economy and transition to a green energy future.
Arab Digest · Big Oil, the Gulf and Climate Change
Arab Digest · Yemen and a flicker of hope
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.
Arab Digest · Sultans of the Gulf