Arab world shaken by political quake: Turki

ABU DHABI — During the last three months the Arab world was shaken by a political earthquake, said Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

By (Nissar Hoath)

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Published: Wed 23 Mar 2011, 12:22 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:24 AM

“Sudan was divided, regimes collapsed in Tunisia and Egypt, Libya is in turmoil and Bahrain has been on the verge of chaos, and of course there is a political upheaval,” Prince Turki, a former diplomat and ex-chief of Saudi intelligence agency and now the chairman of King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies in Saudi Arabia, said during his keynote speech at the 16th Annual Conference of Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research titled Global Strategic Developments – A Futuristic Vision.

The ongoing turmoil in the region indicates a new world power distribution with drastic changes across the board seen with their roots in the collapse of former Soviet Union and changes in the East Europe in nineties, he said, adding that the GCC region is facing great challenges with the new world order emanating from the recent regime change in Tunisia and Egypt.

“Now we are witnessing the rise of new powers that could be represented by China, Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey and not to mention Japan — and also the GCC countries, thanks to their capabilities that are outstanding in the area of energy and oil.”

However, he said that while reading the future of the GCC it shows the region lagged behind in formulating a proper strategic policy for the future under the current circumstances.

“The GCC countries are facing very tough challenges as a result of international relationships. We have to rethink and reconsider the concepts,” he regretted. —

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