Strategic shift in the Middle East

Strategic shift in the Middle East

Out of the mist and murk of the Middle East since the inception of the so-called “Arab Spring” more than two years ago, there are signs that a new strategic balance may be emerging in the region. This realignment process is made up of various elements:

  • Withdrawal of the US military presence in Iraq and the pending withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.
  • European neglect of the region and general withdrawal within itself to try to reverse its long-standing economic and financial decline.
  • Discovery and incipient production of vast reserves of natural gas in Israeli waters.
  • Gradual emergence of an autonomous, if not independent, Kurdistan.

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