Featuring Aykan Erdemir, Behnam Ben Taleblu, and Johnnie Moore


The new peace accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has brought to the forefront the flowering of some relationships that Israel and some of the Gulf nations have been nurturing under the table for years. Unfortunately, however, it has also brought out the emergence of new threats, as well as of new partnerships, particularly between Turkey and Iran. Turkey and Iran had been the two regional powers that had been the first Muslim majority, non-Arab governments to establish relations with Israel, Ankara in 1949, and Tehran in 1950. Ironically, however, the enmity between Israel and the Sunni Muslim nations in the Gulf seems to be gradually eroding, while new threats are emerging. What are the dynamics at play as we watch old friends become adversaries, and old adversaries becoming friends? What possible role should Washington play to cement the momentum towards peace, and to push back on the reactionary forces?

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