16 Nov '16, 12am

#Uncertain times in the #Middle East

Uncertainty is the one word that sums up Middle Eastern reactions to the election of Mr Donald Trump to the United States presidency. Leaders in the region are trying to discern how the President-elect will deal with the many crises facing the region. Despite America's apparent retreat from the Middle East, there are some who seriously believe that the US still plays a central role, despite the setbacks of the last decade. Republicans under President George W. Bush believed that heavy direct American military intervention - the last in Iraq in 2003 - would resolve problems in at least one country, with the hope that democracy would spread to others. This was a serious miscalculation. Democratic President Barack Obama preferred to retreat from direct military engagement in the Middle East and manage the chaos through diplomacy and proxies. He pulled American troops from Ira...

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