Courtesy Reuters

The Middle East and South Asia are the most dangerous regions in the world today because of the combination of bitter local conflicts, great power involvement, and a new and frightening arms race. President George Bush will face a range of difficult foreign policy choices in this area early in his term, from the new U.S. opening to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), through a postwar settlement in the Persian Gulf between Iran and Iraq, to the fragile domestic scene in Pakistan and India, and the precarious situation of the Soviets in Afghanistan.

The agenda for the region is

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