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.
Erdoğan all but fingers MBS for the murder. Prince Ahmad returns from London. Saudi Arabia losing some of its international grip, e.g. on Yemen.
Floods throughout the region this month causing death and destruction.
Saudi Arabia – arrests and accusations, Vision 2030 stumbles, “mistakes” in Yemen, trouble with Shia in Qatif – Trump to the rescue.
Yemen – famine imminent. UN process stalls, radically new approach needed.
Most of the maritime boundaries in the Red Sea have been delimited through negotiations or arbitration. The main current dispute is between Egypt and Sudan.
Repeated killing of civilians in Yemen by coalition airstrikes attracting criticism in Congress and elsewhere. Dangerous developments. UN talks to restart in Geneva.
Saudi policy criticised over Yemen, Qatar, human rights. Aramco IPO in doubt.
As the Syrian war ends, Syria’s role in Lebanon reasserted. Russia supports return of refugees to Syria, accuses US of stalling.