Stepping into the Middle East’s next security equation

Dr. Theodore Karasik30/12/2016 (Al Arabiya News – KSA by Theodore Karasik*): Reflecting on 2016, it is important to understand the transition underway. This year’s legacy is one of swift change undermined by countries’ inability to understand recent developments throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It is unclear whether Sykes-Picot or ISIS will outlive the other; Turkey has turned East for a rapprochement with Russia; and multi-contextual civil wars and vicious acts of terrorism plague numerous Arab states. Most importantly, Russia took charge in 2016 with not only the Kremlin’s fight in Syria but also by showing Moscow’s prowess and ability to counter Washington as a global power. The region is entering a new phase. First, governance, and how economies evolve, are in flux…

*Theodore Karasik is a Gulf-based analyst of regional geo-political affairs.


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