Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
UAE little exposed to criticism compared with Saudi Arabia, though their policies are close. Separatist South Yemen an exception.
Erdoğan all but fingers MBS for the murder. Prince Ahmad returns from London. Saudi Arabia losing some of its international grip, e.g. on Yemen.
surviving the siege. Further slow reform. A useful mediator.
Erdoğan on murder of Khashoggi calm and careful but dismisses cover-up and calls for criminals to be brought to trial – some evidence of understanding with Salman.
Europe’s dilemma in the Middle East – its interests differ from those of the US but it bears some of the cost of US policies decided regardless of its interests, Palestine, Iraq, Iran. Khashoggi may be another example?
Saudi responsibility for killing Khashoggi seems to go to the top. Trump seeking to avoid commitment to protect arms sales, Kushner’s peace deal, and the oil price with his eye on the 6 November midterms. Turkey the key.
Khashoggi – murder evidence accumulates, but Saudi Arabia still in denial. Cautious reaction in the Middle East. Trump ambiguous, but strong reaction from Congress and from international finance.
Khashoggi murdered or renditioned to Saudi Arabia. Will international concern be enough to change policy towards the kingdom? There is now convincing evidence, short of absolute proof, that the prominent Saudi journalist and commentator Jamal Khashoggi (our posting of 3 October) was detained in the Saudi consulate general in Istanbul on 2 October and taken either dead or alive to Saudi Arabia. There is no evidence to support the Saudi claim that he left the building freely. In what follows we assume, like virtually all other commentators, that the Saudi …
Saudi Arabia – arrests and accusations, Vision 2030 stumbles, “mistakes” in Yemen, trouble with Shia in Qatif – Trump to the rescue.