Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
UAE – election for the Federal National Council. One candidate prominently promoting polygamy as a cure for spinsterhood.
Haftar’s military operation to take Tripoli seems to have failed. His foreign supporters. Need for an international conference and a political solution.
The Qatar vs. four dispute drags on. Labour reform. A dress rehearsal for the 2012 World Cup.
Yemen – conflict between UAE-backed separatist STC in the south and Saudi-backed Hadi government – wider implications.
Haftar’s LNA remains stuck around Tripoli. More bloodshed, but not comparable with true civil war. International community ineffective.
Plans for Aramco IPO beset with difficulties. MBS appoints a new broom.
Yemen – Hudaida ceasefire holds. Human suffering. Separatists take Aden. Fighting continues on many fronts.
UAE rethinking policy, with drawdown in Yemen and jaw-jaw with Iran.
Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.