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Arab Leaders

36 - Arab Leaders

Shaping the American strategy and security affairs are Arab leaders across the Middle East who view Washington as security guarantor, trading partner, aid donor or adviser. And almost all of America’s friends in the region are mad at the administration over failing to attack Syria, cutting off aid to Egypt, a rapprochement with Iran, growing US energy independence and the increasingly gloomy outlook for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. And when these allies are angry, Washington dispatches both Kerry and Hagel to the region to listen, explain and reassure. Key regional players include King Abdullah of Jordan and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (pictured); Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates; King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; and Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the powerbroker in Cairo.

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