Rather than assume more responsibility themselves, some middle powers are switching patrons.
Russia and Egypt have signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant.
The US State Department said that the US, Russia, the EU, France and five Middle Eastern countries - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon and Turkey will participate in Vienna talks on the Syrian crisis settlement.
Egypt may not be able to cut the apron strings to its American patrons. For its part, Washington appears set on so far retaining Egypt's current military power structure in spite of lauding Egypt's struggle for democracy.
Since assuming power in 2002, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sought to position Turkey as a leading Middle Eastern power, prompting some analysts to allege 'neo-Ottoman' ambitions. The 'Turkish model' of modernism ...