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Preventing violent conflict at an early stage has never been a priority for the international community, it is now almost a truism that to prevent a conflict is far wiser and less costly in human and material terms than to try to control it or, when that fails, to deal with the consequences.) The region that I call the "Arc of Crisis" is plagued with a score of raging and potential disputes belying a broad range of causes of conflict. At present, the Region does not have any mechanism for conflict avoidance, prevention or resolution. The international fight against terrorism should be inducted within a comprehensive vision of the Region. We should not only move against terrorism, but also work for a new international humanitarian order. The international community should place fighting terrorism as its top priority, and should realise that it can only be tackled by a coordinated world effort which supports regional efforts, the "Arc of Crisis" being the most obvious and urgent of these.


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El Hassan Bin Talal
El Hassan Bin Talal
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ takes up a myriad of issues that the Middle East is grappling with today: from protracted conflicts and the increasing complexity of proxy wars, to changing regional blocs and emerging powers. The Arab uprisings of 2011 remain an important fulcrum for the changing political landscape of the Middle East, and as many of our authors contend, the underlying problems and basic drivers...
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