The middle of nowhere

This Prospect piece by Edward Luttwak argues that the Middle East, far from being the center of world affairs, is actually completely unimportant. A thought-provoking argument, and he has some good points (alarmism, Mussolinini complex) but also some pretty stupid ones (Israel-Palestine not important? Maybe if can convince Jews and Muslims elsewhere not to care.) Still, worth reading.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.