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The triangular (or is it pentangular?) geopolitics of the Middle East

March 14, 2014

Qatar is in schism with its erstwhile Gulf Cooperation Council allies, having linked up with Turkey in the three-way geopolitical struggle for the region that has emerged in the vacuum left by America’s virtual abdication of leadership.  The three competing groups are led by the Saudis (with the rest of the GCC and Egypt), Iran (with Syria and the formal government of Iraq) and Turkey (with Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood).  Israel and a rapidly coalescing Greater Kurdistan represent two other players.  The Middle East has always been a complex mix of allies and enemies, and it is even more so with the US leaving the field.

This editorial from the UAE’s National gives a local perspective on the simmering competition and shifting alliances.

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