While the Gulf states watch with nervous apprehension as President Biden tries to revive the nuclear deal, China is shattering the sanctions and giving Iran an economic lifeline that could wreck hopes for a renewed JCPOA.
Mohammed bin Salman is staking a huge amount of money on building a tourism industry that will be not just a regional but a global behemoth.
As the seismic shock of the Taliban victory continues to reverberate in Western capitals, Doha and Ankara are well positioned to seek to influence the new regime and ameliorate the stark and threatening reality now facing the West.
Climate change is driving global energy transition and both the pace of change and the manner in which it is effected will have a profound impact on the Middle East’s hydrocarbons producers.
Arab Digest · The MBZ Pivot
With the US pivoting to Asia, the actions of regional players may be the key to helping to stabilise the Middle East.
With the US pivoting to Asia and further disengaging from the Gulf, Abu Dhabi and the Chinese are enjoying a warm economic embrace.
Joe Biden talked about taking away the free pass human rights abusers enjoyed with his White House predecessor but politics and pragmatism, rather than human rights prevail.
Opportunity beckons for a MENA regional security initiative but it requires a leadership role from the GCC.
The Chinese foreign minister visited six countries in seven days, signing a mega-deal with Iran while cementing economic, military and diplomatic relations everywhere he went.