The Price of Rapprochement

The US under President Joe Biden is currently trying to reach a new agreement with Iran and the other countries involved in the previous so-called Iran Agreement. This is causing a number of geopolitical shifts across the region and also some problems for the US.

Some of the US’s closest allies during the Trump administration consisted of Middle Eastern states hostile to Iran, most notably Israel and Saudi Arabia. In particular, relations with Saudi Arabia have cooled markedly following the publication of the CIA report holding Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman directly responsible for the murder of journalist Jammal Kashoggi. This has brought bilateral relations between the two countries to a low point.

But relations with Israel are also tense, with Benjamin Netanyahu in particular opposing the nuclear agreement with Iran. The ongoing problems in forming a government in the country are not helping relations either.

Another country that is facing difficulties under the new US administration is Turkey. For a few days now, the USA has been talking about a genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians in 1915. With this, Biden has broken the line of all previous US presidents and caused a great deal of disgruntlement in Ankara.

The US must be careful not to lose its reliable allies in the Middle East.

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