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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

Trump Will Find an Arab Nation Rising to Confront Iran

Anwar Eshki

Until recently, the Arab world was undergoing a violent crisis inside its own countries, but today it is in a crisis of existence against Iran. To address this crisis, the United States should understand the theory of “central land”; this means that those who control the Middle East can control the world’s economy. Besides the Arab states, the greater Middle East includes Iran, Turkey, and Israel. Each of those three nations has its plan for controlling the entire Middle East, while the Arab world is dormant.

From Lebanon to Syria

Munir al-Rabih

Syria and Lebanon have always had a contentious border, but the Syrian war -- and its different factions -- have made it far more complex than before.