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Going through the French press coverage (Le Monde here, Le Figaro here) of yesterday’s summit in Damascus attended by the heads of state of France, Qatar and Syria as well as the Turkish prime minister, I’m struck by the way in which it illustrates in microcosm the macro models being proposed for the emerging global order. Most of the analysis has been about what the summit, and the processes that preceded it, represent for the influence of the individual countries involved. And while it’s obvious that France and Turkey are both advancing very ambitious agendas for their respective roles in […]

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