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Middle East, the new "Great Game" Politique étrangère, No.2, Summer 2016

Will a divided Middle East become the center of a new “Great Game”? The world’s global powers are aligned in it: the United States, falsely tempted by retraction; Russia, establishing its position in an unexpected state of play, France, destabilized by the contradictions of its own policy… In addition are tussles for regional hegemony between Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

The map is being radically redrawn around Syria and Iraq, an area which will no doubt play a determinant role in the world’s future.

The European Union is absent once again from the new “Great Game”. The EU is bogged down in its own crises; the assault of all breeds of populism, and fissures reopened by authoritarian shifts in central Europe, constitute the more concerning political signs. Are the members of the European Union the agents of its collapse?

The globalized world is also organized around international commercial negotiations: the global approach of the WTO, regional approaches within areas of free trade, and more plurilateral approaches. Which dynamic will dominate and determine the nature of future systems of exchange?

The Middle East, European crises, international exchanges: Politique étrangère focuses on three dimensions of international disorder for which developments over coming months are likely to play a preponderant role.




The Middle East thats awaits for America’s New Administration, by John McLaughlin (read the article)

Russia in the Middle East: Back to a Grand Strategy or Enforcing Multilateralism?, by Ekaterina Stepanova (read the article)

Iran’s Place in the Middle-Eastern Crisis, by Mohammad-Reza Djalili

The Constricted Emancipation of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Policy, by Louis Blin

Turkey’s Search for a New Position in the Middle East, by Jean Marcou

French Contradictions in the Middle East, by Georges Malbrunot


COUNTER ANALYSIS Populism's Challenge to Europe

Central Europe Authoritarian Challenge, by Georges Mink

The Assault of Extremism, Populism, and Nationalism in Europe, by Jean-Dominique Giuliani



Hezbollah and the Syrian War, by Matthieu Cimino

TTIP: too Big to Fail?, by Elvire Fabry

Is Commercial Plurilateralism an Opportunity for Developing Countries?, by Michel Dupuy



Geopolitics and the Ageing Population, by Gérard-François Dumont

States and National Oil Companies: Phenomena of the Past or Future?, by Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos

South Africa: the Good International Nuclear Citizen?, by Emmanuelle Maitre



Directed by Marc Hecker

The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, by Mike Lofgren; America Ascendant. A Revolutionary Nation's Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century, by Stanley B. Greenberg, by Laurence Nardon.


This content is available in French: L'éditorial de Politique étrangère, vol. 81, n° 2, printemps 2016.

This content is available in French: Les lectures de Politique étrangère, vol. 81, n° 2, printemps 2016.

This content is available in French: Le dossier de presse de Politique étrangère, vol. 81, n° 2, printemps 2016.



authoritarianism extremism Foreign policy Gulf monarchies Hezbollah International Trade Multilateralism Nationalism Oil populism Terrorism TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) Syrian War European Union France Iran Middle East Russia Saudi Arabia United States
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