Analysis

Palestinians wave Egyptian flags while sitting in a vehicle parked beneath a giant billboard depicting Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. [Getty]
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Analysis: By brokering the Gaza ceasefire, Egypt has gained diplomatic leverage and restored its role as a regional mediator, with the Biden administration willing to overlook human rights abuses to protect mutual interests.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Poland's President Andrzej Duda (L) hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on 24 2021. [Getty]
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Analysis: A recent drone deal with Warsaw bolsters a key EU relationship for Turkey while demonstrating that Ankara can be part of NATO's deterrence policy towards Russia.
Palestinian youth waves a Palestinain national flag in front of the Israeli settlement of Navi Dakalem during early celebrations of Israel's imminent pull out from Gaza August 13, 2005 near the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. [Getty]
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Analysis: The international diplomatic approach of tying Gaza's recovery to an ageing and discredited Abbas, and doubling down on a broken and authoritarian system, will not contain Hamas or help Gazans.
Palestinians return to the rubble of their homes destroyed by Israeli airstrikes on 24 May 2021 in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. [Photo by Fatima Shbair/Getty Images]
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Analysis: Despite re-engaging diplomatically after the Gaza ceasefire, the Biden administration's strategy of bolstering the Palestinian Authority, while failing to pressure Israel, will simply reinforce a failed status quo.
An aerial view shows the Central Business District (Ruwi) in the Omani capital Muscat on 9 April 2021. (Photo by Haitham AL-SHUKAIRI / AFP) (Photo by HAITHAM AL-SHUKAIRI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Analysis: Oman, a state renowned for its stability, has in recent weeks erupted into protests over unemployment, taxation, and corruption.
Flames rising from the burning of excess hydrocarbons at the Nahr Bin Omar natural gas field, north of the Basra on 22 January, 2018. [Getty]
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Analysis: Iran is trying to economically and politically subjugate Iraq through its oil exports, as shortages trigger mass electricity blackouts and demonstrations.
Final preparations are made before US President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. [Getty]
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Analysis: Pro-Israel US Republicans are intent on using the recent conflict in Gaza to scupper diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
A Palestinian fisherman prepares his fishnets along a beach off the Mediterranean Sea in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on September 2, 2020. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
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Analysis: The discovery of natural gas in Gaza once promised economic and energy independence. But as with every other aspect of Palestine's development, its potential was shackled by Israeli restraints.
People walk next to election campaign billboards in Damascus depicting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. [Getty]
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Analysis: Syria's fraudulent election may represent an opportunity for some states to turn tacit acceptance of Assad's survival into support.
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Analysis: Pakistan is bracing for the impact of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan, with fears of increased insecurity.