Hamas' 7 October attack on Israel and the potentially unprecedented response places the region at the centre of a new Middle East conflict, upending uncomfortable assumptions about normalisation and the remaking of regional economies. GSN 1,178 analyses the attack and its fallout, and addresses speculation surrounding the involvement of the Iranian regime and how Hamas were able to bypass Israeli defences. Another article analyses the reactions around the GSN region. There is a map showing areas under Israeli control and the Palestinian Authority area, attack sites and the movement of various forces. GSN view focuses on Yemen and the prospects for a sustainable deal between Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels. GSN looks into pressure on Saudi Arabia to secure peace on its southern border and how Houthi demands might have changed as a response.
Diplomatic brief includes a report on Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Khaled Bin Mohammed’s visit to Serbia and Albania.
This issue’s Defence and security section outlines Iranian intentions to establish a military base in Antarctica among other recent military initiatives.
Accusations have been levied towards the UAE for supplying weapons to Hemet’s forces in Sudan under the guise of a Chad field hospital. GSN explores the validity of these claims, taking account of evidenced construction in the area, diplomatic relationships and sounding out a range of sources.
There are Risk management reports looking at recent developments in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.