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Opinion: The recent Iran-China agreement has implications for the wider region

Opinion: The recent Iran-China agreement has implications for the wider region

The recent signing of a strategic partnership with Iran shows that China is now a significant player in the geopolitics of the wider Middle East. This has implications for the South Caucasus and particularly Armenia, writes Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed

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Nuclear deal with Iran faces another hurdle

Nuclear deal with Iran faces another hurdle

Efforts to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have stalled. Axios reports that Iran has rejected a US proposal that includes steps to release Iranian funds in South Korea in exchange for Iran backing down on some steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear deal, including reducing uranium enrichment.
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Geneva meeting gives particular focus on non-use of force and international security arrangements

Geneva meeting gives particular focus on non-use of force and international security arrangements

The discussions between Georgia, Russia and other parties in the aftermath of the 2008 Georgia-Russia War resumed in Geneva this week where the 52nd round of the Geneva International Discussions were held. The talks were mediated by the three co-chairs of the process representing the EU, the OSCE and the UN.
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Saudi Arabia proposes peace initiative for Yemen

Saudi Arabia proposes peace initiative for Yemen

In line with the regional and international efforts to bring peace to Yemen, Saudi Arabia’ foreign minister, Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, announced yesterday an initiative to end the war in Yemen. The initiative comes at a tense time for the Saudis as the Houthis upscale their attacks on vital energy and logistics infrastructure in the Kingdom. In Yemen itself, no side is winning in the multiple front lines across Yemen and the ramifications on the populations could not be worse.
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Progress in inter-Arab dialogue after AlUla declaration

Progress in inter-Arab dialogue after AlUla declaration

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have started addressing outstanding issues with Qatar as they rebuild relations with the Gulf state. Riyadh and Cairo have taken a more pragmatic approach towards Qatar, and have moved faster than the UAE and Bahrain in resuming diplomatic relations with Doha, according to Reuters.