Détente with Iran: the impact

Summary: although the Geneva talks between Iran and the P5 +1 ended without agreement, the main participants have emphasised that it was extremely close. There are conflicting reports on exactly why and who was responsible for the failure to reach agreement, with some fingers pointed at the French: according to John Kerry “progress was made. 

Change in the Arab world

Summary: Following the two articles circulated with our 19 October posting “Arab Cities” another Emirati commentator Abdulkhaleq Abdulla of Emirates University writes on the Al Monitor website that “Khaleeji Cities Are The Present and the Future”.

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