A little examined aspect of the escalating war in Libya between the forces of Khalifa Haftar and militias supporting the government of Prime Minister Sarraj is the role of Libya’s Central Bank.
With its global repercussions, it is inevitable that Brexit will affect the Middle East and North Africa.
It has become clear that the Trump administration is making good on its threats to pursue what it terms “maximum pressure” on Iran. What is not clear, however, is whether there is anything resembling a coherent strategy undergirding these efforts.
As the West grows reluctant to intervene in the Middle East and North Africa, several Arab states are flexing their muscles in order to establish a regional order that advances their interests.
Although the warming of relations between Israel and GCC states seem to be proceeding at a faster pace only recently, the first clandestine contacts were already underway decades prior.
The decision by King Hamad to restore the citizenship of 551 individuals may be a first step in what remains a long and difficult road toward dialogue and reconciliation in Bahrain.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Saudi Arabia’s military spending, though it decreased by 6.5 percent, stood at an estimated $67.6 billion placing it third in the world.
Over the past year, crime and political maneuvering has exacerbated fragmentation among allies of the internationally recognized government in Yemen’s Taiz, obstructing the fight against Houthis.
On March 27, Saudi King Salman hosted Khalifa Haftar in Riyadh. The Libyan General’s visit to KSA in all probability is linked to his efforts in seeking support for Operation Dignity which began in 2014.
In Southern Yemen, decades-old grievances remain unaddressed. Many Southern Yemenis see themselves as the victims of exploitation at the hands of the leadership in the North.