Arab Digest · The Gulf States and Iran: a complex relationship that is often tense and never dull
Haidar Al Abadi the former Iraqi prime minister has plenty of advice for the new prime minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi while not ruling out his own return.
Summary: Iraq finally has a government but the challenges it faces are enormous.
Despite the US withdrawal of Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia, relations remain secure.
The messy battle for oil market supremacy takes a nasty turn with wide geopolitical ramifications.
Mohammed Bin Salman is beginning to run out of options as Saudi Arabia grapples with the twin challenges of Covid-19 and the oil price rout.
Iraq has implemented measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but confusing messages and political opportunism are hobbling an effective response.
Jordan’s relations with Iraq, Syria and Qatar have improved. Iran remains hostile. With other countries in the region, the direction of travel is less clear.
With a US$1.2bn Eurobond payment coming due 7 March, Lebanon faces stark choices and little room to manoeuvre.