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Early 2018 finds the Middle East at a singular moment in its history. At a time when regional political and security structures are crumbling new, transactional alliances are emerging, which creates a formidable dynamic for armed conflict.
America is developing a new global role which will see it shift from a global policeman to a fixer among the world’s trouble spots. The US is evolving into a less polarised position and is taking the centre ground as it re-balances its position on global issues and acts more as a mediator to resolve difficulties which threaten world peace.
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Barack Obama’s new CIA boss has given few clues about the agency’s future under his control, but there are hints of changes in the controversial US armed drones policy and of a switch in emphasis following what is seen in Washington as a successful campaign against al-Qaeda. Any change in direction, though, is likely to be gradual.
Dr. James Jay Carafano
Peace in the Middle East is hard to visualise despite the euphoria following the Arab Spring rebellions of 2011. Now new conflicts and controversies have emerged across the region which is a cauldron near boiling point. Freedom-loving countries have a major role to play in the region’s future stability.
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Dr. Kim R. Holmes
The Middle East balance of power will be rocked if Iran acquires nuclear weapons. The blow to Israel’s regional predominance and the impact on Iran’s neighbours will create potentially other hostile nuclear powers. It may also lead to armed conflict unless a deal is struck quickly.
IRAN’S nuclear parity with Israel, if ac...