Summary: Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman has stepped in to rescue Carnival, a cruise ship company stricken by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Oman faces deepening economic woes, heightened by the coronavirus and the oil price war. To find a way out, the sultanate may be forced to surrender its independent foreign policy.
Countries across the MENA region are facing severe water shortages yet have done little to ameliorate a shared problem. Will the Covid-19 pandemic teach them that working cooperatively is the only way to resolve a looming crisis?
Jordan’s relations with Iraq, Syria and Qatar have improved. Iran remains hostile. With other countries in the region, the direction of travel is less clear.
On the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Saudi-led coalition’s attack on Yemen, a war which has caused the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe continues unabated.
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?
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.
Arrests of leading members of the Saudi ruling family, a humiliating setback in Vienna and rumours that King Salman died raise further questions about MBS.