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.
Many other shrines and pilgrimages in the Muslim world. Frontiers crossed. Shia take gold.
Elections in 2020, but Bashir likely to remain. Fighting continues in three areas but at a reduced level. Frozen out by the West, flirtation with Moscow.
A Houthi attack on Saudi shipping has caused Saudi Arabia to cease sending tankers through the Bab al-Mandab Strait. A reported Houthi drone attack at Abu Dhabi airport. Possible consequences.
Saudi and UAE attempts to share the burden of fighting in Yemen have had limited success. Sudan participated but is thinking again. A few hundred Colombians. No luck so far with other Africans.
For Arab states, controlling their borders is often a challenging business. Cross-border cooperation and physical measures, aided by the latest technology, may help. Beggar-my-neighbour policies certainly won’t.
Yemen – coalition offensive at Hodeida not advancing. Political objectives not clear, Saudi/UAE differences. UN peace plan disrupted.