Beware the Middle East's falling pillars

AMMAN (Jordan) • For the last half-century, the politics of the Middle East has been shaped by five key pillars, but all five are now crumbling. A new Middle East is being born - but not necessarily the flourishing one that people imagined in the 1990s.

This one is being shaped more by Twitter memes than by United States diplomats, more by unemployment than by terrorism, more by upheavals on the streets than by leaders in palaces, more by women than by men. Can't say where it will all settle out, but for now, beware falling pillars.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Beware the Mid-East's falling pillars'. Print Edition | Subscribe