The Riyadh Agreement signed 5 November 2019 was supposed to merge Yemeni government and Southern Transitional Council (STC) security forces in Yemen under the auspices of Saudi Arabia but thus far little progress has been made.
The assassination of the Iranian Quds Force general Qassem Suleimani dramatically alters the political landscape of the Middle East. How Iran responds will determine if the region is marching toward a major war.
The agreement signed between the Southern Yemeni separatists and the Saudi supported Hadi government leaves many questions unanswered.
Saudi Arabia – an alleged defeat in Yemen, a murder close to the King, a fire, and a speech by MBS.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
Experts disagree about when we will hit peak demand for oil but as technological change continues to accelerate potential investors in the Aramco IPO should weigh its timing very carefully.
Yemen – conflict between UAE-backed separatist STC in the south and Saudi-backed Hadi government – wider implications.
Yemen – Hudaida ceasefire holds. Human suffering. Separatists take Aden. Fighting continues on many fronts.
UAE rethinking policy, with drawdown in Yemen and jaw-jaw with Iran.
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 …