The assassination of the founder of Iran’s nuclear program is an incident that continues to pose problems as the inauguration of Joe Biden is only thirty odd days away. This assassination followed an unofficial meeting hosted by Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) of Saudi Arabia, in which the participation of Benjamin Netanyahu and Mike Pompeo’s has been confirmed by the officials of Israel. Strangely enough, this murder took place at a time when there were rumors of President Trump attacking Iran.
The election of President-elect Joe Biden and his Vice-President Kamala Harris is most likely to end this vacuum of American policy for the region and engage with the region with strategic insight and assertiveness. Joe Biden was awarded Hilal-e-Pakistan, the second-highest civil-award of the country, and Kamal Harris has ancestral roots in India. The personalized nature of their relationships to both of these countries will indeed influence the interaction once the Biden administration leads the White House. However, in the spirit of previous American interactions with the region, the Biden administration’s interaction with South Asia will be clouded by two mega strategic matters: The rise of China and the Conflict in Afghanistan.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and launched a blockade against their former ally. Expected deal comes after Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner arrived in Qatar as part of a last-ditch effort to resolve the Gulf dispute. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud welcomed “progress” in the Qatar talks and said a “final agreement” appeared to be within reach.
In the past Taliban have inclined towards Pakistan, with Pakistan playing an essential role in the peace deal between the US and the Taliban, however, the recent turn of events is showcasing a different stance taken by the Taliban. With the changing dynamic, the relation has been strained from both sides. Taliban on its front want to appease them and gain the support of the general public which is wary of Pakistan while at the same time they want to establish ties with other nation-states and build their own relationship with them that is independent of Pakistan. On the other hand, Pakistan is not seeking to support a full Taliban led government as it might have religious repercussions for the Pakistani state.
In the past, Pakistan has firmly stood tall in the face of external compulsion, and some believe that the country’s continued existence is a miracle in itself. As journalists mount pressure on the country to concede from within, will Pakistan stand this test? Whether or not there is any advantage to putting ideologies on a pedestal at the cost of national interest is another question altogether. Surely, Pakistan has suffered greatly from Covid-19, as has the rest of the world. Setting an anti-Zionist agenda as a reason for isolation suddenly seems childish in the face of increasing poverty and internal political dissent.
The 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
The 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is set to end today. The summit was held under the theme “united against terrorism, for peace and development.” The OIC, the second largest intergovernmental organization in the world after the UN with 57 member states on four continents, recognized that terrorism remains a global phenomenon that no country can fight alone.
The election of President-elect Biden came at the heels of the global unrest and questions abound on the ability of the United States to lead the world as it had once. These questions of credibility of US commitment, resolve and political will not only come from the rivals of America (such as China, Iran, North Korea or Russia) but also from the allies whose trust in the American leadership was shattered and deeply broken by the cauldron-fraught presidency of Donald J. Trump.
As the balance oscillates between the world powers, a storm brews, realigning the regional and global dynamics of nations everywhere. The acceptance of Israel by the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries is one such outcome. With Saudi Arabia likely to follow suit, the normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel brings a serious blow to Pakistan in light of the religious rhetoric under which Pakistan defined its policy towards Israel.
Former vice president Joe Biden has been victorious in his election as the 46th US president, defeating his opponent, the former US President Donald Trump, in a heated electoral race. While the president-elect is yet to be officially sworn to office, a difficult presidency awaits him. Joe Biden’s precedent has left the country in an arduous corner in terms of both internal as well as foreign affairs.
The thing which is to focus on is what it has achieved so far? The high hopes and expectations were not fulfilled. The status quo was overthrown and replaced by a new status quo in some countries and destruction, additionally, for some countries. There is a serious lack of communication between the opposing parties, demonstrators, governments, and external forces. When the conflicts started, they had to be managed because once they started and were not closely managed, they become out of control. The Middle East now is seemingly an amalgam of conflicts and instability among other things.