Summary: one year on from the military coup that halted Sudan’s quest for democracy, Putin’s war has provided one of the coup leaders with a golden opportunity.
Summary: an end to the blockade of Qatar last year has, on the surface, eased tensions between Abu Dhabi and Doha but look a little deeper and the animosity remains.
Summary: while a temporary truce continues to hold thousands of prisoners languish in Houthi, IRG and UAE-supported STC jails in appalling conditions, their plight largely ignored by the outside world.
Summary: a brewing conflict between generals is proving useful to Abu Dhabi’s goals to fortify its growing power in Sudan and do Moscow a good turn as it seeks to position itself as the Middle East’s key power player.
Summary: while the world’s attention is focussed on Vladimir Putin’s war in the Ukraine his efforts to expand Russian influence in Africa continue at a pace that is causing disquiet in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.
Summary: the military that now runs the country is unprepared to cope with the food crisis caused by Putin’s war.
Summary: under the umbrella of the Abraham Accords Israel and its new friends in the Middle East are wasting no time in deepening security, economic and diplomatic relations.
Summary: while street protests continue, the generals, aided by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, tighten the noose on the Sudanese people and their call for a transition to democracy.
Arab Digest editor William Law kicks off the Digest’s first podcast of 2022 with the Egyptian analyst and writer Maged Mandour who argues that President Sisi has tethered Egypt’s foreign policy to the domestic imperative of strengthening his harsh authoritarian grip. Through massive borrowing and weapons purchases Sisi has lured Europe and America into turning a blind eye to human rights abuses and to an economic model that is destined to fail with profound consequences for Egypt, MENA and the wider world.
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with the Newlines Institute’s Caroline Rose on the consequences of the accelerating US withdrawal from MENA as the Biden administration continues its pivot away from a region where America had served as security guarantor for decades. In a power vacuum created by a US retreat, new players are emerging to stake a claim and new alliances are forming.