A view from Washington

Summary: Exceptionally we circulate below a single item, an address by former US ambassador Chas Freeman to the 22nd  Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference last week in Washington.

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: external

Summary: the current success of the Iranian peace offensive, the new international approach to Syrian chemical weapons and perhaps the civil war, and US withholding some military aid to Egypt implying a cooling of the alliance between the US and its Gulf allies.

Poison gas: a world policeman – or not?

Summary: following rapid developments in London, Washington and Paris on the issue of military action in Syria, President Obama has pressed the pause button.

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