Category: Middle East

MIDDLE EAST: Neighbors mend fences with Qatar

  • Qatar signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the other Gulf Cooperation Council states to mend a 3 and half year old rift.
  • This agreement is more of a ceasefire than a peace agreement, and tensions will continue to simmer.
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Iran: The View From Tehran

On Iran… “Pride, insecurity, interest, fear, and honor

–   Norman Roule, Former Head of CIA Iran desk

The view from Tehran

Many conflicting reports have emerged of the events leading up to the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (head of Iran’s nuclear program) over the past 24-hours.… Read the rest

SAUDI ARABIA/RUSSIA: The challenges and limitations of a US-brokered deal

● Saudi Arabia’s principal financial problem is a collapse in global oil demand due to the Covid-19 crisis.

● The oil price war that has broken out between Russia and Saudi Arabia exacerbates the effects of diminished prices, but an end to that price war will not by itself restore prices, especially because demand is likely to remain slack for months and global storage is filling up.… Read the rest