Commentaries, Analysis, And Analysis — September 16, 2020

Bahrain Foreign Min. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Min. Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the Abraham Accords signing, the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Ahmed Charai, The Hill: Abraham Accords: New hope for peace in Middle EastThe historic signing of peace agreements among Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House yesterday confounded diplomats and experts on three continents. It marks a true turning point in Middle East affairs.

Count me among many Arabs who have long believed that the peace plan deserves a chance – albeit one of the few who says so publicly. I have held this view to the surprise of many American, Israeli, and Palestinian friends.

Americans I know disparage the architects — led by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — as too young and inexperienced to develop a viable solution.


Commentaries, Analysis, And Analysis — September 16, 2020

How Trump Defied the Experts and Forged a Breakthrough in the Middle East — Rich Lowry, National ReviewCreating a New Middle East — Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post

Stumbling Out of the Middle East is No Better Than Stumbling In — Jon B. Alterman, Defense One

How to Do More With Less in the Middle East. American Policy in the Wake of the Pandemic — Mara Karlin and Tamara Cofman Wittes, Foreign Affairs

The F-35 Triangle: America, Israel, the United Arab Emirates — Barbara A. Leaf and Dana Stroul, War On The Rocks

Turkey’s Hyperactivity Echoes Through Mideast — Kuperwasser & Ben-David, JCPA

Yoshihide Suga: The unexpected rise of Japan’s new prime minister — Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, BBC News

The US-China tech cold war has turned hot – but would a Biden presidency change things for Huawei and others? — Yujie Xue and Celia Chen in Shenzhen, SCMP

Five things from EU chief’s first State of the Union speech — BBC

Foreign-policy sleepwalking: Wake up to Germany no longer being such a good ally — John C. Hulsman, The Hill

Belarus: what is the mood like in the country? — The Guardian

Niger: Fear of terror — and the military — Silja Fröhlich, DW

How the Islamic State found a haven in Syrian desert — Sultan al-Kanj, Al-Monitor

Oil Demand Has Collapsed, And It Won’t Come Back Any Time Soon — Camila Domonoske, NPR

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