Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
Arab Digest · The Arab Spring is not a failure
Battered by Houthi missile strikes, a resurging coronavirus and a low oil price, Saudi Arabia dramatically reduces the scale of the Hajj.
Humanitarian aid to Yemen faces drastic cuts in a country stalked by war, famine and now Covid-19.
Arab Digest · The Gulf States and Iran: a complex relationship that is often tense and never dull
Yemen is a country torn by war, debilitated by disease and constantly threatened by famine. Now it is being hit by the coronavirus.
The Southern Transitional Council has made a bold move to push forward its separatist agenda but their aggressive strategy may well fail.
The Abu Dhabi crown prince is using wars in Yemen and Libya to position his small Gulf state as a regional Arab powerhouse.
Hopes that a Saudi coalition declaration of a unilateral ceasefire would lead to peace talks have been comprehensively dashed by events on the ground.
Despite the growing threat of Covid-19, the wars in Yemen and Libya grind on further endangering millions of distressed civilians.