While the world is focussed on the Covid-19 pandemic ISIS is quietly reassembling infrastructure, financial and otherwise, that will enable it to rebuild its global terror campaign.
Countries across the MENA region are facing severe water shortages yet have done little to ameliorate a shared problem. Will the Covid-19 pandemic teach them that working cooperatively is the only way to resolve a looming crisis?
Jordan’s relations with Iraq, Syria and Qatar have improved. Iran remains hostile. With other countries in the region, the direction of travel is less clear.
Covid-19 is spreading fast in Egypt notably among the armed forces and so the government has introduced a military curfew and other sweeping measures to try and contain it. Egyptians count on God and the hot weather to save them.
On the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Saudi-led coalition’s attack on Yemen, a war which has caused the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe continues unabated.
Mohammed Bin Salman is fighting a war in Yemen and Covid-19. So was this the time to launch an oil price war with Russia?
Will the global battle against coronavirus help to counter three major MENA wars? The evidence is mixed. Despite Covid-19 numbers rising dramatically in the Gulf states and elsewhere in the Middle East (with a particular concern that Egypt is both suppressing true numbers and showing itself dangerously unprepared) there is one ray of positive news. In Syria, one of the three major conflicts in the region, combatants have appeared much readier to accept a truce and to consider putting talks ahead of guns. In Libya, however, the warlord General …
After weeks of playing down the Covid-19 crisis, the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has started to worry.
Dubai had great expectations about what Expo 2020 would deliver. As Covid-19 continues its global onslaught now is the time to rethink those expectations.
As a transitional government attempts to revive Sudan’s ailing economy, the military, supported by the United Arab Emirates, retains the upper hand.