2019 has seen the biggest protests in the MENA region since 2011 together with ongoing wars, escalating tensions and economic and political insecurity.
Signs of rapprochement between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours but too early to assume the feud is over.
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.
The Qatar vs. four dispute drags on. Labour reform. A dress rehearsal for the 2012 World Cup.
Gaza – an escalation of violence in the last fortnight may have been contained, for now. A new Israeli government could make things worse rather than better. Qatari envoy explains why living conditions are not likely to improve.
Haftar’s LNA remains stuck around Tripoli. More bloodshed, but not comparable with true civil war. International community ineffective.
Kuwaiti Amir taken ill, no details. Kuwait keeping out of regional disputes.
Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.
Egypt has four decades of experience of building new cities. Others are newer to the game. Results have often been mixed.