John Swenson-Wright said that many experts on the region were becoming increasingly alarmed, particularly because China was building up forces that could 'directly challenge Japan's ability to maintain control over the islands'.
'Potentially, this is a great opportunity for both sides — Iran and the US — to reduce the rhetoric and try to work together by removing some sanctions as long as Iran fulfills its side of the bargain,' said Yossi Mekelberg.
'Iran's bottom line is that it will trade its nuclear capability with the recognition of its hegemony over the region, which is what has just happened. Saudi-Iranian tensions and (tensions in) the broader Gulf region will increase,' said Nadim Shehadi.
One of the key tests of Sunday's election will be whether it will 'see the entry into national politcs of a really strong group of new reform-minded players - people with a determination to bring change and force a more effective style of government,' said Paul Melly.
Employers will struggle to replace the workers, says Jane Kinninmont. 'Some of them have skills and some would argue in menial jobs at least, a work ethic that a lot of wealthier Saudis don’t have. Another issue though is pay. Employers find that they can pay migrants, especially illegal migrants, very low wages.'
'Britain seems to have suffered a wider failure of the government system, with politicians, senior military officers and civil servants all playing their part,' wrote James de Waal.
The advantages of the British way of doing things, de Waal argues, might be flexibility and speed. But it also brings 'incoherence, inconsistency and opacity'. Too much, he suggests, depends on personal relationships – or cronyism, as we might call it in other people’s countries.
'This is a diplomatic move that reflects protest at the ICC,' said Alex Vines. 'It also reflects how Kenya's foreign affairs have been focused on ICC.'
Britain needs to learn from the successes and failures of the United States, developing a more balanced and authoritative discussion of the relations between its politicians and generals, and establishing a stronger formal process for controlling its military decision-making, writes James de Waal.