VP Biden Meets With Jordan’s King Abdullah, Key Mideast Ally – ABC News

Vice President Joe Biden held talks Thursday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a key U.S. military ally in the region, including in the battle against Islamic State extremists. Washington has scaled up military aid to Jordan in recent months in line with the kingdom’s central role in the fight against IS, which controls large areas […]

‘Netanyahu among Obama’s deepest disappointments concerning Mideast leaders’ – Jerusalem Post Israel News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “in his own category” among US President Barack Obama’s deepest disappointments concerning Middle East leaders, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in a sprawling feature on Obama’s foreign policy doctrine published in the Atlantic on Thursday. Goldberg, who is considered close to Obama, said that the US president has […]

Some observers predict Obama will make an 11th-hour push for Mideast peace – Washington Post

Last-minute initiatives for Mideast peace are becoming a bit of a tradition for American presidents. In December 1988, President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George P. Shultz, opened direct talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization, angering the Israeli government. As late as January 2001, his last month in office, President Bill Clinton was willing to […]

Obama Seeks to Pave Way to Mideast Deal After He Leaves Office – New York Times

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Harold H. Saunders, Mideast Peace Broker, Dies at 85 – New York Times

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The Many Mideast Solutions – New York Times

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets may weaken as oil slips near $30 – Reuters

DUBAI Feb 11 Stock markets in the Middle East may come under pressure on Thursday after oil prices reversed back near $30, although Egypt may find support from a blue-chip lender’s strong earnings. Brent futures are now slightly above $30 a barrel – a psychologically important level for investors in the Gulf. Since the start […]

The Mideast countries hardest hit by oil prices – CNBC

Of the individual players in the region, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait are more resilient to oil shocks than Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain. Their high per capita hydrocarbon production has ensured they can break even fiscally even if oil prices are low and has enabled them to accumulate ample foreign exchange assets. Their policy […]