Iraq's immediate priority is to secure its cities, main arteries and borders by reforming and improving counter insurgency tactics and better equip the Iraqi Security Forces in conjunction with regional and global powers to help defeat ISIL.
Last week's decision by Saudi Arabia to pass on an opportunity to become a member of the UN Security Council speaks to the Council's perceived ineffectiveness on a host of issues, and what comes with membership -- the need to take a public position on sensitive issues in international relations.
The future of the Saudi rulers, who represent the most prestigious institution of power in the Muslim lands, is unpredictable. The "unity" of the opposed King and new Crown Prince could turn into open conflict.
For nearly a week now, it really seemed like nothing else mattered! Headline news every where, emails, phone conversation and public debates! I am of course referring to the recent 'Blackberry' crises that swept the world.