Arab Digest · Putin powers ahead in the Middle East
The Houthis profit from the war and have little interest in ending it while exploiting humanitarian aid and depriving the 70% of the Yemeni population under their control basic human rights.
With the US pivoting to Asia, the actions of regional players may be the key to helping to stabilise the Middle East.
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.