International prominent experts expressed their views over continuing media uproar about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Many op-eds and analysis in many international media outlets concluded that the Middle East has been undergoing a “dramatic realignment, dividing itself between those regimes that support extremism and those that oppose it, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), has been at the forefront of these efforts against extremism.”
Alexander Downer, the former Australian FM, wrote an op-ed in the Financial Times, saying “The real crime was that Khashoggi was backed alone by Muslim Brotherhood supporters, namely the Qatari regime and the Turkish government.”
Overlooked in the heated rhetoric is the larger issue of stability in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia plays a crucial role and is strategically important to maintaining a balance of power as Downer notes.
At the 2018 Halifax International Security Forum, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, commented on the Saudis’ critical importance, noting: “Saudi Arabia has been an important partner to regional security in the past. I expect they will be in the future. … Their cooperation, their interoperability, in my judgment, is a good thing. Their cooperation, interoperability, capability if you will, would be a stabilizing force on the region. Has been a stabilizing force in the region.”
Jeff Carlson who is a CFA charterholder, wrote an opinion in theepochtimes. He said “You can in government be swept up in the prevailing media narrative, and if you design your foreign policy on that basis, you will achieve nothing. “
He added “There are players, such as Turkey and Iran, who stand to gain from a weakening or destabilizing of the U.S.–Saudi relationship.
Russian Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with James Dorsey, a senior fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
“There’s no doubt that there is a motive. The question is: what is the Turkish goal? Is the Turkish goal to basically significantly weaken Saudi Arabia and undermine its credibility, and in doing so strengthen Turkey’s regional position, as well as its negotiating position vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia and possibly the United States? “
Also in an analysis to the Atlantic, Cagaptay, the author of The New Sultan: Erdoğan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey, said “Erdoğan, who has portrayed himself as a leader of the Muslim world, has another goal: that of Islamic unity.”
The piece added “One way to achieve that unity is through an end to the Saudi-led Arab boycott of Qatar. Turkey, along with Iran, has supported Doha during the more-than-year-long embargo imposed on Qatar by its fellow Arab states for, among other things, its alleged support of Islamist groups. Many of those groups are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which most Arab states regard as a terrorist organization, but which Erdoğan openly supports because of its espousal of political Islam.”
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