More than a year since the agreeing in principle on the creation of a regional security alliance, Gulf Cooperation Council member states, plus Egypt and Jordan, have expressed their continued desire to make the promise a reality.
The annual meeting of the UN General Assembly concluded last week amid concerns about the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. Those concerns were reflected both in the speeches of the UN delegates as well as the various observers following the meeting.
Last Saturday armed gunmen opened fire in the Iranian city of Ahvaz at a military parade marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the Iran-Iraq war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced the establishment of a “demilitarized buffer zone” in the Syrian city of Idlib.
Twenty-five years after the 1993 Oslo agreement, several observers have taken stock of the current status of Palestinian aspirations for statehood and, more broadly, of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Last week’s summit in Tehran between Russia, Turkey and Iran on the fate of Syria’s Idlib province ended inconclusively, with promises of a temporary truce agreed in the last minute as a face-saving measure for the Turkish president.
It has been more than three months since parliamentary elections in Iraq and the political factions have still found it impossible to coalesce around a single candidate.
The United States government has ended its funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The decline in value of the Turkish currency, the lira, continues, and there are signs that the country’s banking system may be on the verge of crisis.
The relationship between the United States and its NATO ally Turkey continues to deteriorate, as the two countries pursue a path of brinkmanship rather than cooperation.