Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
UAE little exposed to criticism compared with Saudi Arabia, though their policies are close. Separatist South Yemen an exception.
Floods throughout the region this month causing death and destruction.
Khashoggi murdered or renditioned to Saudi Arabia. Will international concern be enough to change policy towards the kingdom? There is now convincing evidence, short of absolute proof, that the prominent Saudi journalist and commentator Jamal Khashoggi (our posting of 3 October) was detained in the Saudi consulate general in Istanbul on 2 October and taken either dead or alive to Saudi Arabia. There is no evidence to support the Saudi claim that he left the building freely. In what follows we assume, like virtually all other commentators, that the Saudi …
Yemen – famine imminent. UN process stalls, radically new approach needed.
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.