Near East

One Year Out: Qatar Blockade Update
On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, and imposed a number of other…

AQIM Threat to Western Companies
In early May, al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) issued a threat against Western companies operating anywhere from “Libya to Mauritania,”…

An Improving Tunisian Security Landscape
Over the past two years, the security landscape in Tunisia has gradually improved. Two significant attacks in the first half of 2015 (in Sousse and…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Security Alert: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Missile intercepted over Riyadh
There are media reports that Saudi authorities intercepted a missile over Riyadh.

Weather Alert: Muscat (Oman), Extensive Damage Following Cyclone
Following Tropical Cyclone Mekunu, the Government of Oman (GoO) has reported extensive damage to infrastructure in and around Salalah and other…

Weather Alert: Muscat (Oman), Cyclone Approaching May 25-26
According to the Government of Oman, Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is currently projected to make landfall in southern Oman in the late afternoon hours of…