A transcript, edited for length and clarity, taken from the 18 September Arab Digest podcast with Sami Hamdi, editor in chief of The International Interest.
Arab Digest · The trouble with normal (is it always gets worse)
The establishment of diplomatic relations with the UAE and Bahrain, coupled with further Israeli encroachments in the West Bank signal that the ‘deal of the century’ will prevail.
A deal that would see Iraqi oil sent via pipeline to Jordan and Egypt has lots of upsides and one very big downside.
Bahrain’s decision to follow the UAE in normalising relations with Israel may be another “stab in the back” for the Palestinians; but it is also a timely reelection boost for Donald Trump.
In hosting Afghan peace talks and supporting Gaza in its battle with Covid-19, Qatar is scoring points with the US and Israel.
Syria’s war has slipped out of the headlines but as the world’s attention is elsewhere ISIS and Russia remain busy.
In the run up to the election, President Trump and Jared Kushner anticipated a big win with the normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel but they have overhyped and overplayed their hand.
In response to the port explosion donor countries are bypassing the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
On first glance, a Biden presidency would appear to offer positive solutions to Middle East challenges but such a conclusion may be far from reality.