For Arab states, controlling their borders is often a challenging business. Cross-border cooperation and physical measures, aided by the latest technology, may help. Beggar-my-neighbour policies certainly won’t.
Kuwait supporting Saudi Arabia, for example over oil production, but with some reservations and with an eye on other alliances. Spat with the Philippines over expat workers.
Bahrain dependent on Saudi Arabia and UAE support. Human rights – mixed picture. Trial balloon on Israel.
Yemen – coalition offensive at Hodeida not advancing. Political objectives not clear, Saudi/UAE differences. UN peace plan disrupted.
Jared Kushner interview suggests the long-delayed US peace plan may be about to emerge. The Trump team could be setting Abbas up to take the blame for its likely failure.
Tunisia cooperating with the IMF, rewarded with a World Bank loan. Political infighting, drawn into the Qatar vs. four dispute.
different from oil. Vitally important to some MENA economies – Qatar, Algeria, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt.
Two full weeks into the attack, the more pessimistic scenarios are looking increasingly likely; President Hadi’s relations with the UAE improve after a meeting with MBZ; other important developments go unnoticed.
Impressions of the Vienna OPEC meetings. Complicated interpretation of the final communiqué. All more or less satisfied, price likely to settle around $75. Long-term issues ducked.
OPEC plus Russia respond vaguely to Trump’s tweets – “need to keep prices down!” Russia plays it soft but everything hangs on Saudi Arabia.