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Trump’s Gift to Biden: The Moot Middle East

More peace treaties may be on their way unless Biden returns to former President Barack Obama’s path of lecturing the House of Saud, which is not very Biden. KSA can be pushed to share the Middle East on the other side of the Persian Gulf and don’t act like a spoiled brat. Once Palestinians have been restituted of the support of Arab shared aims, the Palestinians might be forced to return to the negotiating table like a sophisticated child. This was the very plan of Trump.

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The Increasing Influence of Iran in Afghanistan

The turbulent emergence of Revolutionary Iran coincided with the conquest of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union some four decades ago. Iran is an ambitious regional player with a strong view of its complex world and a deliberate attempt to map a path through it. The rotten relationships of both countries are because of the fluctuating pattern of its interactions with the relevant stakeholders.

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Trump’s Legacy in the Middle East

Trump had made four promises in the election campaigns regarding the Middle East in 2016. These promises were to shift the Israel embassy to Jerusalem, scrap the deal with Iran, dismantle ISIS, and to make peace in the Middle East. He has a lot of successes and some unsuccessful efforts in the Middle East.

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Is Iran’s Future Contingent on US’s Decisions?

In his election campaign, Biden declared that they would renew the deal with more compliances and counterbalances. The administration of Biden will not have much time to make initial progress. For Biden, it’s not just a matter of resuming the nuclear deal. Trump dramatically increased sanctions, Iran engaged in several violations of the nuclear agreement that expanded its production of an arsenal of uranium enrichment, the material used by both peaceful nuclear energy and the world’s deadliest weapon.

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Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination & Future of US-Iran Conflict

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.

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Saudi Arabia & Qatar Near Deal to Help End the Gulf Crisis

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.

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Accepting Israel: A Test for Pakistan

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.

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Should Pakistan Revisit Its Israel Policy?

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.

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Ten Years Since The Arab Spring

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.

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Are New Sanctions on Iran Anymore Effective?

Despite the US claim that the sanctions would hold exemption for humanitarian aid in order to fight the pandemic, the reality remains that the coronavirus pandemic situation wouldn’t be this dire if it weren’t for the US sanctions that have severely impacted the country’s ability to cope with the surge in cases making it one of the worst affected country in the region. This toppled by the decreasing GDP and the falling Iranian rial casts a gloomy shadow on what was once a bright future.