The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

Sitting in glass houses: Double standards haunt US and Europe in dealings with Turkey and the Middle East

July 14, 2022

Turkey maintains a sword of Damocles over Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO. The sword matches Saudi and Emirati efforts to pressure US President Joe Biden to take greater account of their concerns about Iran and fortify the United States’ commitment to Gulf security during his visit this week to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia and the UAE will likely take heart from Turkey’s initial success in getting its way in NATO, particularly considering a US failure in recent years to respond to attacks by Iran and/or their Yemeni Houthi allies on critical oil and other infrastructure in the kingdom and the Emirates.

 

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