Summary: Sudan’s coup leader, finding himself lacking the support of key outside players has been forced into a U-turn.
Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with Dr Ali Bakir, a MENA region geopolitical and security analyst at Qatar University’s Ibn Khaldoon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. On the table is a discussion about the UAE’s diplomatic initiative in Syria as ‘Little Sparta’ curbs its military adventures in favour of soft power approaches aimed at relationship building with, amongst others, Iran.
Summary: Qatar, together with many other countries condemned the coup but has been quick to meet its leader and in so doing undermined efforts at moving Sudan to democracy.
Summary: a military coup in Sudan shatters another popular democratic effort in the Arab world.
Summary: a new report on organised crime around the world indicates Arab countries are amongst the world’s biggest offenders, with states in conflict or post-conflict at the bottom of the list.
Summary: the indictment of Thomas Barrack has shed significant light on the UAE’s unorthodox efforts to influence American foreign policy in the Middle East before and during the Trump presidency.
Summary: Ethiopia will soon begin the second filling of the reservoir behind its huge dam on the Blue Nile, with no agreement with Egypt and Sudan in place (or in prospect).
William Law, Arab Digest editor is in conversation with Tarek Megerisi, a policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations. Libya has a new government and a new prime minister but has the situation there improved as dramatically as some would like to think? Tarek takes a long hard look at the new regime and sees old patterns, old faces and the same old set of outside players.
Summary: as Sudan continues to wind its way towards democracy, the growing accord between Egypt and Sudan is producing a new framework for bilateral relations.
Summary: after decades when very little happened, climate change has pushed a massive project to halt Sahelian desertification to the top of the priority list with Mauritania playing a lead role.