The winds of normalisation are blowing across the Middle East bringing calm to the Gulf and to ties between Turkey and Egypt. The latest rapprochement appears to be between Turkiye and Saudi Arabia.
From Gulf countries lifting the Qatar blockade to the bombing of Gaza and a coup in Sudan, these were some of the moments that shaped the Middle East.
Saudi leadership is seeking ways to work with its Gulf Arab allies and prepare for scenarios involving Iran, the nuclear deal, and the most delicate regional issues pitting Riyadh and Tehran against each other.
Across the oil-rich Gulf, except for Saudi Arabia and Qatar, other states have legislative bodies, which are elected by popular vote. Now Doha also wants to have its own Shura Council elected mostly by people.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have made a genuine attempt at reconciliation while the UAE and Bahrain are still dragging their feet.
The Qatari media network’s launch of Rightly, a digital platform that will cater to US conservatives, could be part of a strategy to future-proof Doha from political blowback.
The removal of Anwar Gargash, who has long been the face of Emirati foreign policy, is part of a larger push to consolidate power within a tighter circle.
First commercial flight between Qatar and Saudi Arabia in three and a half years comes after a landmark agreement that has ended a bitter rift between GCC neighbours, allowing families to reunite.
The decision to restore relations with Qatar is a smart one. But can the Saudi crown prince follow through?
Despite the edifice of reconciliation, the root causes for the Gulf rift remain unresolved.
Saudi-led Arab bloc and Qatar have signed a formal agreement at a summit aimed at ending a rift that saw a three-year blockade of Doha shatter Gulf unity at a time of heightened regional tensions with Iran.
Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries will reopen their airspace, land, and sea borders to Qatar under a deal towards resolving a political dispute that had led Riyadh and its allies to impose a boycott on Doha, US and Kuwaiti officials say.
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