Summary: Hamas provides a detailed response to the original Paris ceasefire proposal and offers a clear pathway to ending the war.
Summary: the war in Gaza has produced markedly different responses and reactions from key regional players with Qatar standing out as the only state seriously committed to a ceasefire and a meaningful security solution for Palestine and the region.
Summary: as Qatar takes the lead in talks aimed at securing a ceasefire the economic vulnerability of MENA countries may be the catalyst that drives the talks forward to a conclusion.
Summary: while clamping down on pro-Palestinian sentiment Saudi Arabia remains conflicted, with the leadership concerned more with supporting Israel than condemning the ongoing slaughter of civilians in Gaza while ordinary Saudis, though they cannot say it, supporting the Palestinian cause.
Summary: the Gulf monarchies claim to be well on the road to diversifying their economies and ending the economic addiction to hydrocarbons. David Roberts, author of a new book on the Gulf, questions those claims.
Summary: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues his rehabilitation drive with diplomatic initiatives and further eye-wateringly expensive forays into the world of professional sport.
Summary: amidst domestic political uncertainty and a lack of coherent policy formulation in the autumn of 2022 the UK found its presence in the Gulf and the wider Middle East in danger of slipping further into decline.
Summary: child abuse is a huge problem but social taboos and government indifference means little action is taken; in war zones such as Syria physical and sexual abuse is a deliberate regime weapon; breaking the taboos, providing sanctuary and support for survivors and arresting, convicting and jailing perpetrators is urgently required.
Summary: ISIS strikes in Syria, MbS leaves Paris smiling, a “bad bill” comes before the UK parliament, the cycle of violence in the Occupied West Bank intensifies and a great chef passes away in Lebanon.
Summary: after eight months in office the Iraqi prime minister can point to a period of calm, increased FDI and a building boom in Baghdad as signs that his country is moving in the right direction but many Iraqis do not share his optimism.