Regional crises, water scarcity, and low agricultural yields mean the Middle East is increasingly less able to feed itself.
The Gulf states have yet to find a solution to the prickly matter of royal succession.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
The role of sharia in the Saudi state is likely to undergo significant changes.
There are a number of less visible impacts of the ongoing standoff in the Gulf.
Egypt and the UAE are maneuvering to bring Mohammed Dahlan back to Gaza.
Farea al-Muslimi discusses a recent trip during which he discovered the wartime realities of his own country.
Oman’s efforts to avoid taking sides in a polarized region has brought it headaches, but also benefits.
India’s traditionally neutral position in the Middle East has ended with the landmark Israel visit. The future balancing of India’s westward pivot will be determined by a new regional order led assertively be Saudi Arabia, and one which sees Iran as enemy number one.
The recent dynastic shake-up in Saudi Arabia was not only about power, patronage, and personality, but about the future trajectory of the kingdom.