Tensions Rising among Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE

by Cinzia Bianco Despite recurring indications that King Mohammed VI of Morocco was due to visit King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh at the end of April, no such visit has yet materialized—a new sign of rising tensions between… Continue Reading  

The Geopolitics of Sudan’s Transition After Bashir

by Giorgio Cafiero Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s ouster in a military-led coup on April 11 marked a watershed in Sudan’s history. His departure from power was a major achievement for those across Sudan who had spent months holding large demonstrations calling… Continue Reading  

More of the Same at the Arab League

by Ali Bakeer and Giorgio Cafiero When the Arab League held its annual summit last month in Tunisia, a major focus was on Palestine and the Trump administration’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Tunisia’s president… Continue Reading  

Economic Reform in the Gulf: Who Benefits?

by James M. Dorsey For Gulf leaders, long-overdue economic reforms were never going to be easy. Leaders like the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, quickly discovered that copying… Continue Reading  

Algeria’s Unrest Unsettles the Saudi/UAE-led Bloc

By Giorgio Cafiero In 2011, there was much optimism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that the so-called Arab Spring revolts would make the region more democratic. Yet over the past eight years, the MENA region has become… Continue Reading