Saudi Arabia and the UAE are in the midst of a public feud over production cuts with the potential to wreck OPEC+ and set off an oil market pricing brawl.
As uncertainty hovers around the Biden administration’s approach to the Middle East, Samuel Ramani, a non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum reflects on Vladimir Putin’s MENA strategy. This is a transcript, edited for clarity and length, of a recent podcast conversation with Arab Digest editor William Law. The podcast is available here.
Severe shortages of water are causing suffering to residents of Kurdish-controlled north-eastern Syria, while affecting wheat production and threatening bread supplies across the war-divided country.
The kingdom, with Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, is building a tourism sector from the ground up spending vast sums in a bid to secure a lucrative industry.
As Mauritania’s president steps up his anti-corruption drive and the country’s neighbours face growing terrorist insurrections, Britain’s new ambassador in Nouakchott talks up opportunities for British business
Yemen’s women bear the brunt of the ongoing war yet are granted only token representation and are largely ignored in UN peace efforts, while being exploited and abused by the various Yemeni factions fighting for dominance.
Benjamin Netanyahu wants to present it as otherwise but Israel lost the latest round in the Gaza wars and in the Arab Street and beyond Hamas is proclaimed the victor.
The battlefield success of Turkish drones in Libya, Iraq and Syria are changing the way that Middle East wars are being fought and regional geo-political ambitions are being realised.
Curbing the powers of male guardianship and allegedly ending the execution of juveniles have been touted as evidence of the wide reforms of the kingdom’s judicial system being carried out under the aegis of Mohammed bin Salman.
MP Crispin Blunt says he is “done with false hope” and is launching a new organisation that will seek to use the rule of law to hold Israel accountable for the injustices inflicted on the Palestinian people.