Despite urgent need and a looming famine, key funders have cut aid pledges and funding to Yemen dramatically.
Last week’s assassination of a leading Iranian nuclear scientist ratchets up tensions as an anxious Middle East waits to see how the Iranians will respond and whether Donald Trump will deliver a parting shot before he finally exits.
Arab Digest · The Disconnect: MENA regimes versus the people they rule over
On 5 December 2019, Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering on the Saudi stock exchange Tadawul immediately made it the world’s largest publicly traded company but the IPO has come with a cost that is still to be reckoned with.
The move by the UAE and Jordan to recognise diplomatically Morocco’s control of Western Sahara has the potential to ignite further conflict in North Africa.
Saudi Arabia was hoping that the G20 gathering would help to burnish a brand that has been severely tarnished.
Arab Digest · Yemen: the people, the warriors, and the war
A gloomy prognosis for the emergence of a Palestine state in the wake of normalisation and other strategic regional geo-political shifts.
A bomb targets foreigners in Jeddah, the first of its kind for years; Islamic institutions are reshuffled as the regime attacks the Muslim Brotherhood. A new court case threatens to damage MbS’ international standing yet again.
The Saudi energy minister talks of tweaks to oil production levels while the crown prince barges ahead on developing the kingdom’s tourism sector.