In September 2020, the eyes of the world were focused on the White House lawn, where two Arab countries (the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) established formal and friendly diplomatic relations with Israel. The so-called “Abraham Accords” opened a new chapter in the history of the Middle East.
At the same time, the American president who oversaw that stunning bit of peacemaking took a hard line against Iran, assassinated one of the Islamic Republic’s top commanders, and strong-armed other nations, most notably Jordan and the Palestinians, to accept his “Deal of the Century.”
But just months later, that president was out, and a new president has moved into the White House, again raising concerns over what the near future might hold for the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt
Emirati political analyst and activist Hamad Al-Mazrouei suggests that the two biggest losers will be Saudi Arabia and Egypt. President Joe Biden has indicated he won’t relate to the more progressive Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) as the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, and will instead...