Middle East And North Africa
The contrast between richly endowed oil-and-gas economies and resource-poor countries is an important marker in the region. Its strategic location between the East and West, along with its energy wealth, make it vulnerable to the clashing policies and interests of local and global powers, including the United States, Europe and Russia. Foreign interventions tend to exacerbate local conflicts.
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Terrorism is incompatible with peaceful solutions
The renewed fighting between the Palestinian territories and Israel is not, as some have argued, the root cause of instability in the Middle East. Rather, it is the manifestation of a broader turmoil that has been made worse by the international community’s tolerance of terrorist warfare, preventing local actors from finding a way out of the conflict