Insights on the Middle East from Singapore
News Roundup: 12th August - 18th August 2017   
Posted on 18 August 2017

 

Saudi Arabia's Overtures to Iraq

For the first time since Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia plans to open the Arar border crossing for trade – this follows Saudi's decision to establish a joint trade commission with Baghdad.

For the past 27 years, the border would only be open once for the hajj pilgrimage season.

In other news, Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr [---]

News Roundup: 5th August - 11th August 2017   
Posted on 11 August 2017

 

Netanyahu’s Political Career in Jeopardy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being investigated for possible fraud, breach of trust, and bribery – charges he firmly denies.

In another damaging twist, Netanyahu’s former top aide and chief of staff has entered a plea bargain to turn state’s witness against him.

 

Israel Bans Al-Jazeera< [---]

In Memoriam: Prof. Peter Sluglett   
Posted on 11 August 2017

 

 

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Professor Peter Sluglett on August 10, 2017.

Prof.Sluglett served as Director at the Middle East Institute from 2014- 2016. A historian of the 19th and 20th century Middle East, he joined the Institute as a Visiting Research Professor in September 2011, having spent much of his career at the University of Durham (1974-1993) and subsequently at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (1994-2011).

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