Hugh Miles

Hugh Miles is a freelance journalist and author, presenter, producer and consultant specializing in the Middle East. He is the founder of Arab Digest, a private members club offering expert commentary and analysis on the Middle East and North Africa.

Middle East and North Africa Top Organized Crime Report

October 06, 2021

Organized crime is an ever-evolving, transnational threat that affects every country in the world and poses a global threat to peace and security. It transcends borders and undermines sustainable development, governance, economic stability and public health. Nations experiencing conflict and its immediate aftermath are the most vulnerable. On September 28,...

The Aftershocks of the Saudi and American Debacle in Afghanistan

September 09, 2021

Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan have a complex relationship. Their ties date back to the 19th century when Afghanistan became the first Muslim country to recognize the second Saudi state of 1824 to 1891. In 1930, Ibn Saud recognized King Nadir Shah’s rule in Afghanistan, in 1932, the two countries signed their first...

UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

June 15, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s major gold trading hubs. In 2019, it was the fifth-biggest importer and fourth-biggest exporter globally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, international demand has surged. But as Reuters reported in 2019, much of this gold is smuggled from West Africa and produced by artisanal and small-scale gold mining, a...