Amid the reshuffling of regional dynamics and the wider tug-of-war between the US and Russia, Tehran has reverted to its modus operandi of violence and chaos.
Iran's Guardian Council seems to have all but snuffed out any moderate or reformist competition ahead of June's election.
The US has lost its bargaining power with Iran, and its allies have lost faith in its ability to influence the Middle East.
With China and Russia pushing their weight around the region, any further delays on a nuclear deal with Iran will end up costing the US dearly.
A series of decisions under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has led the Kingdom down a path of irrelevance.
The reported deal between the two countries has been overstated, and its motives misunderstood.
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