February 19, 2014

Syria, Iraq, Lebanon: The New AfPak

Anno Bunnik, The National Interest

The Associated Press

Developments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are so deeply intertwined that we might start speaking about these countries as a common space, as we do now with “AfPak.”

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TAGGED: Middle East, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria


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