As Britain gets set to leave the EU, opportunities in the Middle East beckon.
The Riyadh Agreement signed 5 November 2019 was supposed to merge Yemeni government and Southern Transitional Council (STC) security forces in Yemen under the auspices of Saudi Arabia but thus far little progress has been made.
The United Arab Emirates already has a string of ports in the Horn of Africa running along the Red Sea; it aspires to add another in Sudan.
Three recent cases highlight the dangers for journalists and academics who analyse and cover the MENA region.
Signs of rapprochement between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours but too early to assume the feud is over.
Too many players engaged on both sides in Libya’s civil war to assume that Khalifa Haftar will emerge victorious. America is the wild card.
The response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that West Bank settlements are not illegal ran from positive to damning with notable delays and silences.
The agreement signed between the Southern Yemeni separatists and the Saudi supported Hadi government leaves many questions unanswered.
The UAE has launched a major initiative jumping ahead of Saudi Arabia to consolidate and build up a local defence industry.
Putin’s visits to Saudi Arabia and the UAE mark a significant change in the relationship, as perceptions of US decline are reinforced by Trumpian flip-flop.