President Abbas blows the whistle on US mediation. Trump cuts contribution to UNRWA. Many questions about the future.
Following the independence referendum last September, Iraq’s Kurds are in a state of financial and political crisis. It will probably take months to negotiate a settlement between Erbil and Baghdad.
Sisi is developing a new foreign policy which could make Egypt a new ideological power in the region if it it is not foreclosed by domestic problems or old allies.
The lease by Sudan to Turkey of the Red Sea island of Suakin raises tension and risks extending the Qatar vs. four dispute to the Red Sea, with the possibility of proxy conflict.
MBS has removed his main rivals, now seeks to revolutionise the economy and drive forward some shaky foreign policy initiatives where he needs to learn from his mistakes.
Chronic discontent in Tunisia erupted this week, spreading from one small town to the whole country. Some violence, hundreds arrested. The causes: political, social, economic. More clashes likely on Sunday.
11 princes from a cadet branch of the Saudi family imprisoned and likely to face trial on public order charges. Implications for family unity, and possible consequences.
Protests continue in Jerada, in Morocco’s poor north-east, despite government attempts to placate angry residents. Opening the border with Algeria would help but this isn’t in prospect at the moment.
UN search for an end to the Yemen war tied to an unrealistic demand for surrender by the Huthis. Time for a new Security Council resolution and a new special envoy. Ball in UK court.
Saudi Budget for 2018 continues drive for economic reform, projects deficit of $52bn, same as budgeted for 2017 and 15% lower than the outcome. Revenues projected to rise by 12%, expenditures by 6%. Government remains committed to balancing budget over medium term, and significantly increasing non-oil revenues. Huge expansion of administrative infrastructure envisaged for more robust budget planning and oversight.