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.
Qatar pursues an independent policy with discretion – Afghanistan and various Arab disputes.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to an “extended calm” in Gaza. Not clear how long it will hold. Meanwhile, living conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate.
Palestinians, whether official or business, will not attend the Bahrain workshop. Seven Arab states will nevertheless take part; so will some international organisations. The event will not be a resounding success but an embarrassing flop may have been narrowly avoided.
Three summits, three talking shops. Boilerplate on Palestine. Hard line on Iran rejected by Iraq and Qatar
Qatar vs. the 4 – petty squabbling continues. Hints of an olive branch, but no solution in sight.
Morocco – leaders of the 2018 protests in the Rif jailed. Teachers’ protest peters out. Morocco is not Algeria.
Pointless military exchanges between Gaza and Israel – “willing to wound and yet afraid to strike”.