Summary: as the Gaza wars rages on a lesson that should be remembered is that after a decade of upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa states in the region used diplomacy, not military action, to ease tensions and achieve a stable regional order.
Summary: Yemen’s environment already challenged by global warming and severely degraded by more than eight years of civil war is in crisis but there appears to be little chance that COP28 will offer any real solutions for a country facing an environmental catastrophe.
Summary: while the war in Gaza grinds on with unabated ferocity other regional conflicts continue in the Middle East making the region the most volatile and unstable in the world.
Summary: while clamping down on pro-Palestinian sentiment Saudi Arabia remains conflicted, with the leadership concerned more with supporting Israel than condemning the ongoing slaughter of civilians in Gaza while ordinary Saudis, though they cannot say it, supporting the Palestinian cause.
Summary: the Gaza war has provoked widespread support in war-torn Yemen for Palestine at a time when the Saudis are ever more anxious to secure a peace deal with the Huthis.
Summary: the execution of two army pilots signals all is not well in the Saudi military as discontent festers and resentment is quelled with harsh measures.
Summary: the Saudi response to an influx of Ethiopian migrants has been to launch a brutal campaign of mass murder, rape and torture driving migrants who survive back into Yemen where they face further atrocities from all sides in the Yemen conflict.
Summary: a transcript edited for length and clarity of our 9 September 2022 podcast with Dr Elisabeth Kendall, an expert on Yemen and militant jihadist movements.
Summary: the threat of an enormous environmental disaster in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen has been averted thanks to the UN and funding from Western governments.
Summary: the UAE and Saudi Arabia took stock of America’s declining status in the Middle East, saw Washington seemingly ready to do a deal with Tehran that once again cut them out and decided that they needed a fresh approach and new strategies in dealing with the threat of Iran.