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Afghanistan Has Lessons for the Gulf (James M. Dorsey, BESA Center)

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, image via Wikimedia Commons

The Gulf states will closely monitor the way Russia and China handle the perceived security vacuum in the wake of the US withdrawal and abandonment, for all practical purposes, of Central Asia. They wish to determine to what degree those countries might be viable alternatives for a no longer reliable US security umbrella in the Middle East. They are also likely to push to strengthen regional alliances, especially with Israel.

Afghanistan Has Lessons for the Gulf (besacenter.org)