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African and Arab rivalries

By Mary Fitzgerald  

Will peace be strangled by slippery regional politics?

As President Obama’s new envoy to the middle east George Mitchell grapples with the fearsome task of negotiating peace between Israel and the Palestinians, he’s also going to have to contend with the rivalries of Arab regional players, writes Paul Raymond. A radical wing of Arab states, newly emboldened by a round of Qatar-sponsored diplomacy, could make his job very difficult. Only through understanding the tangled nuances of Arab regional politics (something the previous US…

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