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A different approach to the Middle East

Great power diplomacy has its limits

By David Howell  

East Aleppo, Syria ©Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Recent headlines suggest that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are about to get together to fix the horrific Syrian situation, and maybe much else in the Middle East besides. The assumption seems to be that the major external powers, in this case, Russia and the USA, have the means to “solve” the regional turmoil and restore stability. Deals can be done and great power diplomacy can impose agreed settlements—just as in the past.

The recent Lords enquiry into the transformation of…

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