Why did Saudi Arabia threaten Pakistan over Kuala Lumpur Summit?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Why did Saudi Arabia threaten Pakistan over Kuala Lumpur Summit? Imran Khan has announced that he will not be attending the summit of Muslim countries in Kuala Lumpur. Indonesia has also pulled out. The withdrawal of the two largest Muslim countries is a body blow to Mahathir Mohamed’s summit that was touted as the most significant challenge to the status …

Trump’s withdrawal does not mean victory for Russia

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Following Trump’s commencing of US withdrawal of troops from Syria, there has been much talk about Russia ‘replacing’ the US in Syria. A viral video of a Russian filming an abandoned US base caused a stir and discussion over Russia’s growing importance in the region. However, given the circumstances on the ground, there is more to suggest that the ‘seismic’ …

Why Bin Salman cannot abandon his alliance with UAE

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Given events in Yemen and the UAE’s clear undermining of Saudi Arabia’s fundamental ally (the internationally recognised government under Hadi), one would assume that Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman is having deep reconsiderations over his relationship with Abu Dhabi and Mohamed Bin Zayed. In August, the King himself Salman Bin AbdulAziz reportedly openly expressed irritation with the UAE in …

Why would the UAE back a coup in Yemen?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Yesterday, the deputy leader of the Southern Transitional Council Hani Bin Buraik in a video called on his soldiers and allies to march on the Presidential palace. The move comes amidst tension following the deaths of Abu al-Yamama al-Yafe and a number of soldiers from the ‘Security Belt’ after an explosion during a military parade last Thursday. Although the Houthis …

Will Sudan’s army abide by civilian rule?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

After mass protests, protracted negotiations, interventions from Egypt, Ethiopia, and the UAE, alongside alleged attempted coups, Sudan’s army appears to have finally reached a deal with representatives of civil society to surrender power to a transitional government. The agreement which is to last three years grants 67% of the parliament to the opposition groups that negotiated with the army, with …