Arab Digest · A tangled skein of relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
The UAE is enabling Iran sanction breaking once again while moving to warmer relations with Teheran.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
Summary: The Saudis see opportunities to build a better relationship with Iraq but to do so they need to avoid short term gains and develop long term strategies.
Arab Digest · The Arab Spring is not a failure
While the short to medium term looks grim for the Saudi economy, the kingdom’s youth are digital optimists who see Covid-19 not as a curse but rather as an opportunity.
For years Canada was seen as a nation that in the Middle East charted a different and nuanced course from the United States. But having surrendered that role it seems unlikely now to retrieve it.
President Trump’s fight for a second term may spill over into US policy in the Middle East between now and 3 November.
Arab Digest · Which way is oil headed?
Battered by Houthi missile strikes, a resurging coronavirus and a low oil price, Saudi Arabia dramatically reduces the scale of the Hajj.