April 8, 2010

Three Crises Strangle Mideast

Gilles Kepel, The Australian

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THREE crises structure the Middle East today: the Levant crisis, centred on the Israel-Palestine conflict and its Lebanese and Syrian extensions; the Gulf crisis, focused on oil and the antagonism between the Arabs and the Iranians and Sunni and Shia Muslims; and the AfPak crisis, where the Taliban threatens NATO troops in Afghanistan and the cohesion of Pakistan.

Each of these crises has its own dynamics, but they are highly interdependent.

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TAGGED: Pakistan, Palestine, Israel, Afghanistan, oil, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Taliban, Levant, Middle East

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