As the Idlib truce continues to hold, Vladimir Putin reinforces Russia’s dominant role in Syria.
Mohammed Bin Salman is fighting a war in Yemen and Covid-19. So was this the time to launch an oil price war with Russia?
Will the global battle against coronavirus help to counter three major MENA wars? The evidence is mixed. Despite Covid-19 numbers rising dramatically in the Gulf states and elsewhere in the Middle East (with a particular concern that Egypt is both suppressing true numbers and showing itself dangerously unprepared) there is one ray of positive news. In Syria, one of the three major conflicts in the region, combatants have appeared much readier to accept a truce and to consider putting talks ahead of guns. In Libya, however, the warlord General …
Russia and Turkey have veered away from the risk of a direct confrontation in Syria but the situation in Idlib remains very much in flux. We are again grateful for the article below to David Barchard, a writer on Turkish history and politics. Six days after Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hammered out a temporary agreement for a cease-fire in the troubled northern Syrian province of Idlib, Turks are trying to work out whether it was a disappointment or a success. The disappointment would be that Turkey has …
War in three countries, tension with Iran, growing regional instability. Is it any surprise that the arms trade to MENA is hot and getting hotter?
As the oil price tumbles and market insecurity grows the Russians and Saudis play Russian roulette.
While the Russians, Turks, rebels and Assad wage a chess-like war civilians in Idlib pay the price.
Summary: Both Algeria and Tunisia have cause for concern as the war in Libya, fuelled and supported by outside players, continues with no end in sight.
Turkey faces difficult decisions in Syria as Assad’s forces close in on Idlib.