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.
With the Euros over, attention outside the UK is now turning to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The focus in Britain, quite rightly, remains on the racist abuse directed at Black members of the English squad and the extent to which the prime minister and the home secretary contribute to enabling a culture in which such abuse is able to flourish.
Arab Digest · Big Oil, the Gulf and Climate Change
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
Arab Digest · Erdoğan and MBZ: "Useful Enemies"
Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, the detention of a Kenyan migrant worker activist by the Qatari authorities has set alarm bells ringing.
Arab Digest · The MBZ Pivot
As the US continues to pivot away from the Gulf and the wider Middle East and Iran remains a significant regional threat the GCC, approaching its 40th anniversary, sees strategic sense in patching up differences.
The Gulf sultanate of Oman has seen a steady rise in pandemic numbers that, coupled with low oil prices, is presenting significant challenges.