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
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).