Liz Sly, Washington Post: Trump’s administration could upend the Middle East
EIRUT — The Middle East is bracing for an incoming American president who seems intent on radically reordering the regional balance of power, heralding new uncertainty and perhaps new turmoil for a part of the world already engulfed in multiple wars.
So vague and contradictory were many of the pronouncements made by President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail that governments and analysts are puzzling out which ones he meant and how he would be able to implement them all.
According to the more consistent of his statements, and conversations his advisers have had with analysts and officials, however, Trump will seek to bring about a significant recalibration of the existing order in the Middle East — in favor of Russia, away from Shiite Iran and to the benefit of the Sunni gulf states and Turkey.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 15, 2016
Gen. Petraeus: Trump Must Reassure Gulf Allies Over Iran -- Ashish Kumar Sen, Atlantic Council
Iran Declares Missile Program 'Non-Negotiable' As Donald Trump's Presidency Looms -- Jack Moore, Newsweek
Theresa May’s Donald problem -- Charlie Cooper, Politico
The surprising similarities of Trump and Obama on foreign policy -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM
Trump Versus the Pentagon -- Bloomberg editorial
How Trump Can Make the Pivot to Asia Great Again -- Harry Kazianis, RCW
How Trump’s win boosts the Putin myth in Russia -- Gregory Feifer, Reuters
What the battles of Mosul and Aleppo tell us about their countries' futures -- Brian Michael Jenkins, The Hill
Is US trying to defeat ISIS too quickly? -- Taylor Luck, CSM
China’s Great Leap Backward -- James Fallows, The Atlantic
The vast Eurasian hinterland -- Yoichi Funabashi, Japan Times
Why Putin Sacrificed His Economy Minister -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Kamikaze Drones, Russian Missiles Jolt Oldest Ex-Soviet Feud -- Zulfugar Agayev, Bloomberg
The Cuba Test: China Eyes New Model for Latin America -- Ricardo Barrios, Diplomat
As Venezuela lurches from crisis to crisis President Maduro moonlights as salsa DJ -- Stephen Gibbs, The Guardian