Biden-Putin, colonial legacies, and MENA’s three divides

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US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s simultaneous visits to the Middle East last week dramatically remind us that little has changed here since Alexander the Great marched his armies to the east in the 4th Century BC. Foreign and regional powers still compete for strategic advantage in the region to re-configure the political landscape in their own image and interests. No wonder so many people are confused by what foreign and regional powers actually seek. Global and regional partnerships and confrontations evolve almost seasonally: are Turkey and Israel friends or adv…

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