April 8, 2010
Three Crises Strangle Mideast
Gilles Kepel, The Australian
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.
TAGGED: Pakistan, Palestine, Israel, Afghanistan, oil, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Taliban, Levant, Middle East