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Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament Policy Brief  No.155 - March, 2023 • By Sverre Lodgaard

Policy Brief No.155: The Geopolitics of the Middle East

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This Policy Brief discusses the new geopolitical landscape and its implications for war and peace in the Middle East.   US retrenchment from the Middle East—long in waiting—has caused Arab states to seek new partnerships in order to reduce their vulnerabilities in a turbulent world. The geopolitical fault line between East and West has moved westward, from Iran to Saudi Arabia, and the new agreement between Iran and these countries has a huge potential to turn the region in a cooperative direction. Given all the uncertainties, however, the significance of it can only be tested over time.

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