Qatar: no movement on the dispute with the four. Increasing Qatari confidence, outward investment, arms purchases. Mediation going nowhere, but Qatar itself a mediator.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts on every country in the Arab world but policymaking in response to new fintech like blockchain and cryptocurrencies varies widely.
Repeated killing of civilians in Yemen by coalition airstrikes attracting criticism in Congress and elsewhere. Dangerous developments. UN talks to restart in Geneva.
As the Syrian war ends, Syria’s role in Lebanon reasserted. Russia supports return of refugees to Syria, accuses US of stalling.
Details of the Saudi/Canada row clearer. Some lessons to be learned.
The Qatar vs four dispute appears trivial and absurd but has real consequences – human, political, economic, defence.
Canada criticises Saudi detention of women activists and provokes a fierce reaction. US appears indifferent.
Iraq and the six GCC states share the Gulf with Iran and with each other. In many cases, maritime boundaries between them have been agreed; in other cases, disputes remain. Where offshore oil and gas deposits do not fall neatly under the sovereignty of one state, cooperative arrangements have often been instituted.
A Houthi attack on Saudi shipping has caused Saudi Arabia to cease sending tankers through the Bab al-Mandab Strait. A reported Houthi drone attack at Abu Dhabi airport. Possible consequences.
Saudi and UAE attempts to share the burden of fighting in Yemen have had limited success. Sudan participated but is thinking again. A few hundred Colombians. No luck so far with other Africans.