Kuwait is in some respects solider that some of its GCC partners. It has been cautious and conciliatory in its approach to regional crises. This approach appears to have broad support from public opinion which is detached and divided.
International meeting in Vienna on Syria including Iran for the first time (but not Syria) reaches some agreement. UN representative flies to Damascus, next meeting within two weeks.
Jordan caught up in multiple crises – refugees, Jerusalem, a new link with Russian military action in Syria. Sensitive reaction to criticism from Hillary Clinton.
Russian military intervention in Syria has shuffled the pack. Asad summoned to Moscow, then political talks including US, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia possibly extending to Iran, Egypt and Europe. A judicious summary by Jimmy Carter calls for international agreement and action.
Russian entry into Syria opens a gap between Russia and China. China and the new energy landscape.
Reports of dissension in the Saudi royal family confirmed. Other problems won’t go away.
Iraqi welcome for Russian support against IS touches a US nerve .
Western concern at Russia’s unexpected military intervention in Syria grows; Putin’s ‘true’ motive(s) are not straightforward.
Russian airstrikes in Syria; first issue “deconfliction”, second issue remains what is to be done about Asad?
Russia coordinating with Iraq, Iran and Syria against IS. What about the US?