Reports from Iraq say that Baghdad is subtly expanding its diplomatic role from mediating between Iran and Saudi Arabia to arranging Iranian dialogue with Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE as well. This regional diplomatic track has the potential to fill the Middle Eastern vacuum in inclusive regional diplomacy while reducing the scope for the Abraham Accords as a format for regional cooperation.
Filling the regional diplomacy vacuum
The Middle East lacks a single, institutionalized diplomatic platform for dialogue and collective action on regional issues. A region-wide consensus on any issue remains elusive. Even the recent tilt to dialogue by several rival pairs, from Turkey and the UAE to Iran and Saudi Arabia, covers bilateral issues and involves no regional or multilateral commitments by either state.