Countries such as Oman, Kuwait and Jordan have been having second thoughts about their relationships with the Gulf neighbors as they eye to have better relations with other regional powers such as Turkey and Iran.
President Trump delivered two major victories - withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the Jerusalem move - to the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu within a matter of weeks without any Israeli concessions toward peace.
It seems that Gulf countries seem to have no strategy for dealing with Iran, and they are short-sighted in not supporting Turkey, even though Turkey is the only country capable of pushing back against Iran in the region.
ollowing the independence referendum proposed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq on September 25, 2017, the governments of Turkey, Iran and Iraq have come closer to an unprecedented degree.
Before the Arab uprisings in 2011, the UAE had invested in relations within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and even tried to solve its dispute with Iran over three islands with diplomacy in order to avoid a political crisis with Tehran.
n Monday Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the Iran-backed Hezbollah must stop interfering in the affairs of neighboring countries, and accept a "neutral" policy in order to bring an end to Lebanon’s political crisis.
What is the impact of the regional conjuncture in all these changes?
The Iraqi Central Government’s capture of Kirkuk and other disputed territories together with Hashd al-Shaabi consolidated Iran’s influence in Iraq.