Climate change is driving global energy transition and both the pace of change and the manner in which it is effected will have a profound impact on the Middle East’s hydrocarbons producers.
Many are calling the events in Tunisia a coup with President Kais Saied using popular discontent to seize power but Francis Ghilès argues the steps the president has taken were necessary in a country where the economy is collapsing and the Covid pandemic is rampant.
In the midst of a terrible war, Yemen is stalked by another enemy, one that Yemenis know far too much about and the world far too little.
After a season of disputes that culminated with MBS and MBZ, the two most powerful leaders in the Arab world, refusing to take each others’ phone calls, all is well again and warm relations are resumed, at least for now.
An Omani peace initiative and Saudi eagerness to end the war may possibly start Yemen on the road to peace but Emirati ambitions and Houthi gains complicate further an already intensely complex crisis.
Nearly a year on from the Beirut port explosion, no conclusions have been reached as to what caused it but an Arab Digest member who witnessed the explosion believes that both the Israelis and Hezbollah are to blame.
Oman is well placed to move by incremental, evolutionary steps towards a democracy rooted in Islamic values but is Sultan Haitham ready to take those steps?
The kingdom received much favourable publicity when it announced major reforms to labour laws and the kafala system but the reality is little has changed and exploitation and abuse remain rampant.
With the Euros over, attention outside the UK is now turning to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The focus in Britain, quite rightly, remains on the racist abuse directed at Black members of the English squad and the extent to which the prime minister and the home secretary contribute to enabling a culture in which such abuse is able to flourish.
As the Gulf states seek to shift away from oil dependency, Oman is uniquely placed to diversify its economy and transition to a green energy future.