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.
Summary: The naming of a new prime minister designate in Iraq has neither calmed street protests nor clarified the country’s future direction.
Turkey’s President Erdoğan strives to balance relations with Russia as he risks being dragged further into the civil war in Syria.
At a crucial moment, with tensions between Iran and the US running dangerously high, the region loses the voice of an independent honest broker.
A week ago Hamas and Israel appeared to be close to a deal. The Suleimani assassination may, for the foreseeable future, have just scuppered it.
Thus far a modest market reaction and US President Donald Trump’s wish to avoid a major spike in oil prices as he gears up for his re-election campaign are signs that war is not the inevitable outcome of the Sulemaini assassination
The assassination of the Iranian Quds Force general Qassem Suleimani dramatically alters the political landscape of the Middle East. How Iran responds will determine if the region is marching toward a major war.
2019 has seen the biggest protests in the MENA region since 2011 together with ongoing wars, escalating tensions and economic and political insecurity.
The goal of the 19th Doha Forum was to drive forward discussion of multipolarity in a world riven with conflicts and driven by bipolar confrontations.