The direction of the political compass in the Arab world has changed completely. This is the clear reality that is experienced on a daily basis by the people of the region and for which they pay a price. (Asharq al Awsat)
Is the Middle East moving to a Westphalian system?
By Iason Athanasiadis
Sunnis fighting Shiites on Beirut's streets, a civil war in Iraq and political infighting in the Palestinian territories that is externally directed from Riyadh and Tehran: a snapshot of the new, sectarian Middle East. A US-led, Israel-backed, Middle East-wide alliance of conservative Sunni and secular Muslim states is being marshaled against Iran. (The Daily Star)
It's Not Too Late to Talk
By Alex Bigham
No one wants to see another nuclear-armed state in the Middle East, but there is still time for engagement with Iran. (The Guardian)
U.S.-China: A Turn for the Worse
By Benjamin A Shobert
If last week's hearings of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission are any indication, 2007 may be a year when the US broadly revisits its policies toward Beijing and begins pushing more assertively for substantive changes, militarily, politically and economically. A big factor in the hardening attitude is China's successful test of an anti-satellite weapon. (Asia Times)
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