Arab Digest · UAE foreign policy: time to hit the reset button
Troubles continue to mount for both Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people. Biden moves fast to distance himself from MBS in his dealings with the Kingdom; signs a “soft coup” against MBS may be progressing.
The Biden administration has clearly signalled intent in working to end the Yemen war but intent remains some way from reality as the Houthis step up their Marib offensive.
Arab Digest · Biden brings US diplomacy back to the Middle East
The authenticity of the world’s most expensive painting has been heavily questioned but experts have decided that Leonardo Da Vinci was the artist after all, at least for most of the painting.
Once the Covid-19 pandemic is safely behind us, opportunities and challenges alike abound for MENA with the region’s biggest asset its youth demographic and biggest challenge the empowerment of the private sector.
Saudi Arabia’s lengthy litany of human rights abuses is being called to account and the kingdom needs to respond.
The GCC may be dealing with the pandemic but COVID-19 hasn’t altered the economic challenges facing the Gulf, rather it has reaffirmed them.
Fast moving post-Covid infrastructure developments in the region are threatening Egypt’s soft power and revenue; a proposed new global internet traffic corridor would bypass Egypt altogether. Cairo has to move quickly to head off the competition.
The Biden Administration will look to rein in Russia in the Middle East; but the latter will remain an ‘indispensable power’ in the region for the foreseeable future.