Sunday, December 3, 2017


Big cracks are appearing in the political tectonic plates of the Middle East, however. Years of weak oil prices, rising Iranian power in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and an invigorated Egypt determined to return to its powerbroker role are factors. But the biggest is the emergence of an ambitious Saudi prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
There are sharply opposed views of this new player. Most international pundits are skeptical of his motives and ability to deliver massive change, and worried he will trigger a region-wide conflagration. Some Arab analysts have been quietly applauding his bold moves against the sclerotic power structure at home, and Iran internationally.

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