The Changing Map of Middle East Power by Volker Perthes via @ProSyn po.st/6QkaYx
Volker Perthes is Chairman and Director of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin.
Ms. Koike is Japan's former defense minister and national security adviser, was Chairwoman of Japan's Liberal Democrat Party and currently is a member of the National Diet.
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Not exactly a history, but a quick reminder of the imperial powers that have held sway in the region, and how these empires have waxed and waned in succession over 5,000 years.
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