Joe Biden talked about taking away the free pass human rights abusers enjoyed with his White House predecessor but politics and pragmatism, rather than human rights prevail.
Since seizing power in 2013 the Egyptian president has had only one tactic in attempting to quell the ISIS insurgency in North Sinai, the use of force, and it’s not working.
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.
King Abdullah is secure after his half-brother and former crown prince is detained along with other high level figures known to have close connections to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the UAE.
Opportunity beckons for a MENA regional security initiative but it requires a leadership role from the GCC.
The Chinese foreign minister visited six countries in seven days, signing a mega-deal with Iran while cementing economic, military and diplomatic relations everywhere he went.
A massive container ship blocks the Suez canal for 6 days causing one of the biggest disruptions to trade in recent years; it should also set off alarm bells about regional and global security.
A Covid-19 surge and soaring unemployment are challenging Jordan’s King Abdullah II and threatening a government widely seen as incompetent and corrupt.
Algeria today sits at the centre of a Venn diagram of four overlapping and daunting challenges.
Concern is growing that ISIS will use Ramadan to launch new attacks and expand its military operations in Syria and Iraq.