The Saudis would like to find a path out of the Yemen war but the Houthi offensive in Marib tangles them ever deeper in a quagmire.
Summary: the Middle East and North Africa is a crucial battleground in the global struggle to contain the damage climate change is inflicting but time is fast running out for countries in the region to take concerted action.
Despite domestic opposition in both Iran and the US, broad self-interest including China’s concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East point towards reinvigoration of the JCPOA — but not quite yet.
Opportunity beckons for a MENA regional security initiative but it requires a leadership role from the GCC.
A devastating fire in a migrant holding camp draws attention to the desperate situation of African migrants seeking to use Yemen as an entry point to Saudi Arabia and other GCC states.
Arab Digest · @SALHACHIMI busts loose!
Warm diplomatic currents from the White House are stimulating frenetic diplomatic activity from the Mediterranean to the Gulf; on the Yemen war front Saudi Arabia turns to Turkey for drones to try and turn the tide.
Arab Digest · The Gulf to America: we don't need you like we used to need you
We conclude our look at the Airwars 2020 Report on civilian harm caused by air and artillery attacks with Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
Climate change will continue to affect GCC countries in a number of ways, with extreme summer temperatures and coastal flooding likely to prove the most destructive.