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Geneva, Feb. 2, 2016: Salem al-Meslet (R), spokesman of the main Syrian opposition bloc, kisses a banner with pictures of Syrian war victims in front of the United Nations’ European headquarters, the site of indirect peace talks (source: dpa)

Global Trends: back to the future in the Middle East

Middle Eastern disputes have again become flash points for global rivalries – a trend that will accelerate and intensify this year. Shia-Sunni tensions remain central, but they are no longer the sole driver of regional conflict. An evolving face-off between Russia and Europe over the eastern Mediterranean, along with competition for dominance of the great trade and...

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