U.S. President Barack Obama (L), arrives with his Chinese and Russian counterparts, Xi Jinping (R) and Vladimir Putin (C), at the the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit plenary session at the International Convention Center, at Yanqi Lake, in Huairou district of Beijing (REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
The Great Powers in the New Middle East
March 6, 2015,
The Iraqi war’s polarization of the region, Islamic extremism, and the Arab Spring each affected the character of the Middle East and the terms by which the great powers could engage with it. John McLaughlin writes that China, Russia, and the United States each have political and economic objectives there, some of which are shared, and many of which are in ideological dispute.