Arab Digest · The Disconnect: MENA regimes versus the people they rule over
A gloomy prognosis for the emergence of a Palestine state in the wake of normalisation and other strategic regional geo-political shifts.
Some are pleased and some uneasy but Middle East leaders are all prepared to move on to Biden as the Trump presidency recedes in the rearview mirror.
The “Abraham Accords” are a signal that new alliances are forming rapidly in the Middle East as the US continues its retreat from the region.
Arab Digest · A dangerous game: Turkey and the politics of energy
Kuwait’s 83 year old emir inherits a fractious parliament and big economic challenges; his first significant act was to appoint an 81 year old as crown prince.
Summary: The United Arab Emirates decision to recognise Israel was conditional on the US selling the Emiratis the most dominant stealth fighter jet in the world.
Regardless of who is elected president, Washington may choose to let lapse a struggling U.S. initiative aimed at achieving greater security cooperation between MENA states.
Qatari foreign affairs, once hugely ambitious and assertive, are today much more modest but proving very effective in blunting the blockade put on it by its Gulf neighbours.
Arab Digest · Qatar, The Feud And The Future Of The GCC