Another meeting, another raft of empty words from Sochi as Washington plays for time and tries to figure out what to do about the war in Syria.
Troubles continue to mount for both Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi people. Biden moves fast to distance himself from MBS in his dealings with the Kingdom; signs a “soft coup” against MBS may be progressing.
The United Arab Emirates’ reputation as a powerhouse in the Arab world and an explorer of outer space takes a battering over a princess detained and a mercenary revealed.
The Biden administration has clearly signalled intent in working to end the Yemen war but intent remains some way from reality as the Houthis step up their Marib offensive.
The authenticity of the world’s most expensive painting has been heavily questioned but experts have decided that Leonardo Da Vinci was the artist after all, at least for most of the painting.
Summary: ten years on from the revolution, Libya is in urgent need of a reset that acknowledges the current multiple failures the country is experiencing are due as much to Gaddafi’s flawed social contract as they are to today’s corrupt and power-hungry politicians.
Sudan shows signs of nervousness following the failure of last month’s talks with fellow Nile riparians Egypt and Ethiopia.
Once the Covid-19 pandemic is safely behind us, opportunities and challenges alike abound for MENA with the region’s biggest asset its youth demographic and biggest challenge the empowerment of the private sector.
Saudi Arabia’s lengthy litany of human rights abuses is being called to account and the kingdom needs to respond.
The GCC may be dealing with the pandemic but COVID-19 hasn’t altered the economic challenges facing the Gulf, rather it has reaffirmed them.