Near East

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…

Female Driver Controversy in Saudi Arabia
For decades, women in Saudi Arabia have experienced significant inequality. According the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, Saudi…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

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…

Weather Alert: Muscat (Oman), Cyclone Developing in Arabian Sea
There is a cyclone system developing in the Arabian Sea. The storm is currently expected to make landfall in southern Oman in the late evening hours…