After a season of disputes that culminated with MBS and MBZ, the two most powerful leaders in the Arab world, refusing to take each others’ phone calls, all is well again and warm relations are resumed, at least for now.
An Omani peace initiative and Saudi eagerness to end the war may possibly start Yemen on the road to peace but Emirati ambitions and Houthi gains complicate further an already intensely complex crisis.
With the Euros over, attention outside the UK is now turning to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The focus in Britain, quite rightly, remains on the racist abuse directed at Black members of the English squad and the extent to which the prime minister and the home secretary contribute to enabling a culture in which such abuse is able to flourish.
Summary: With the Saudis and the Emiratis falling out, speculation has increased that Opec’s days are numbered but there are persuasive short- and long-term reasons for the cartel to hang together.
Arab Digest · Big Oil, the Gulf and Climate Change
Celebrations and condemnations on the 8th anniversary of the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi; the US grants Egypt conditional military aid.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are in the midst of a public feud over production cuts with the potential to wreck OPEC+ and set off an oil market pricing brawl.
As uncertainty hovers around the Biden administration’s approach to the Middle East, Samuel Ramani, a non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum reflects on Vladimir Putin’s MENA strategy. This is a transcript, edited for clarity and length, of a recent podcast conversation with Arab Digest editor William Law. The podcast is available here.
The kingdom, with Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, is building a tourism sector from the ground up spending vast sums in a bid to secure a lucrative industry.
Yemen’s women bear the brunt of the ongoing war yet are granted only token representation and are largely ignored in UN peace efforts, while being exploited and abused by the various Yemeni factions fighting for dominance.