Poison gas: a world policeman – or not?

Summary: following rapid developments in London, Washington and Paris on the issue of military action in Syria, President Obama has pressed the pause button.

China and the Middle East

China’s investment and trade in the Middle East and Africa has been growing rapidly. This is part of the world-wide growth of Chinese exports, but specifically reflects the requirement for energy. China is heavily dependent on OPEC producers and expected to overtake the US as the world’s largest oil importer by 2015.

Security in the Sahara

Summary: since the French intervention Operation Serval in Mali in January and the In Amenas raid in the Algerian Sahara in which 39 foreign hostages were killed also in January there have been no security incidents in the Sahara which have caught the world’s headlines. But there are regular reports of minor clashes.

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