Geopolitical, ideological, and socio-economic quandaries will continue to haunt processes of normalization in the Middle East subsequent to the US’s gradual withdrawal from the region. Underlying issues remain unresolved despite diplomatic relaxation, and the power vacuum left behind by the US has the potential to rekindle regional rivalries and trigger proxy wars worse than those seen under the Obama and Trump administrations.
More than half of Israel’s population has now received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite these impressive results, criticisms of Israel’s exclusion of Palestinians from its vaccination campaign have come to the fore.
While significant efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict aren’t expected over the next four years, stabilization could become the focus
Israel’s plans to annex the Jordan Valley, forced displacement in the region, and the global financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic all push Jordan to the brink of economic collapse.
China’s rapprochement with geopolitically strategic Israel is a result of Beijing’s aims to enhance its reputation while weakening the US’s alliances.