Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
Sudan – despite some continuing violence formal agreement reached between the military and protesters. Bashir on trial.
Editor’s note: Arab Digest is taking a couple of weeks’ summer break. We will resume publication after the Eid al-Adha holiday, probably 15 August.further work on the 17 July agreement delayed by killings including four schoolchildren – now resuming. Since agreement was reached on 17 July between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the civilian protesters represented by the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) (our posting of 18 July) it has been shaken by events but not, it appears, knocked off course. A Reuters report of 30 July summarises …
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.
Egypt has four decades of experience of building new cities. Others are newer to the game. Results have often been mixed.
Yemen – some agreement at a UN meeting between the Saudi led coalition and the Houthis, the first for months. Dangers of a wider conflict.
Fragile agreement eventually reached between military and protesters. Outlook uncertain.
Libya – deaths since April pass 1,000. France admits involvement with Haftar’s forces.
Importance of poetry in the Arab world, including the poetry of abuse. Social media and hate speech.
UAE forces begin withdrawing from Yemen. Saudi Arabia increasingly isolated and will have to reconsider.