Patience in Washington with Iran is fast running out. The Obama administration seems to continue a twin-track approach to imposing greater sanctions on Iran: first through extensive diplomatic efforts to secure a much more punishing round of restrictions on trade through the UN Security Council and, secondly, through its own unilateral efforts.
Already pressure is growing for the emirate to sever larger parts of its historic trading links than it has so far in complying with sanctions. This would damage a vital economic lifeline and just as Dubai may be getting back on track from the economic difficulties of its past 18 months. Moreover, it is a barely disguised secret that many in the West, most notably the US, rely on Dubais close links with Iran: for gathering information and intelligence, logging the movement of money to and from Iran, and maintaining back-channels of communication to Tehran that would not be possible otherwise.
UAE leadership is trying to demonstrate a clear divide between the UAE and Iran ahead of not just further UN sanctions but also the more imminent likelihood of stronger US unilateral measures. With the international mood toughening toward Iran, the UAE may be signaling that it too has now set its face firmly against Iranian pressure. Given the widespread perception that the UAE, particularly through Dubai, remains Irans primary conduit for trading with the world, Sheikh Abdullahs words may intend both to underline the UAEs separation from Iran and to dampen international attention to the trade linkages. [Finally] the UAE seems..to have lost patience and is testing the international resolve to support the UAE in settling this islands dispute.
After more than a year of preparatory diplomacy, the Obama administration led the UN Security Council (UNSC) into imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its refusal to give ground on its nuclear programme. The merchandise the UNSC produced, however, may be as detrimental to the rest of the Gulf neighborhood as it is to Iran. The UAE seems to be showing that it will, as it has in each of the preceding three rounds of sanctions, live up to its UN obligations. This early initiative may help deflect some of the pressure that will flow toward the UAE from the sanctions that the US and the EU will try to impose in excess of the UN sanctions.
The assumed domino effect of nuclear proliferation across the Middle East merits examination. So do continuing suggestions that the development of nuclear energy programmes in a region pumping much of the worlds oil are merely a cover for darker nuclear aspirations.
Recently the world learned what the intelligence community has known for many months, if not years: that Iran is building a second nuclear enrichment centre in the mountains near Qom. For once, the world seemed a little less forgiving of Irans attempts to obfuscate. The media rained questions on the revelation: why build it inside a mountain? Why hide it for so long? Wasnt this similar to the forced revelation of Natanz back in 2002? When would the IAEA inspectors be allowed to visit? Would they face restrictions?
Since the start of the year, there has been recurring speculation amongst some well-known, and many not so well known, Gulf commentators concerning the possibility that Saudi Arabia and Iran’s unwavering enmity might soon culminate in all-out war
Iran's network of relationships with African states indicates attempts to secure political loyalty & protect its interests in the region through different soft power tactics of political, military, religious, or economic means.
Largely unnoticed by the international media, on Tuesday this week – 7th February – Kuwait’s official news agency, KUNA, released a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah, expressing a cautious welcome for Iran’s earlier indication that it is willing to engage in dialogue with Gulf Co-operation Council member-states with a view to reducing tensions in the region and, in particular, bringing to a close war-fighting in Syria and Yemen. This followed the visit to Tehran by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister HH Sabah al-Khaled al-Ahmad al-Sabah on 25th January as the envoy for all six GCC states.
Talking about the security of the middle east, and its stability, considered to be a talk from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Powers, policies, and interests multiplied, balances changed more than once, and the security of the middle east remains the same unsettled and unstable. Conflicts, war, fighting, destruction, and threats remained everywhere. Arabian Gulf Region specifically became a target and theatre for conflicts, and place for regional and global competition.
Russian foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov began two consecutive tours in the Gulf region; first of which was in Kuwait, Emirates, and Qatar from August, 28th to August, 30th. Whereas, the second of which was in Saudi Arabia and Jordan from September, 9th to September, 11th. In fact, the talks on Qatar crisis with its Arab neighborhoods dominate the tours on media.