NO. 13


The Middle East Situation

The arrival of the New Year provides an opportunity to cast a long view backover 1986, and to look ahead to possible trends in the coming twelve months.Only one major event is likely to be remembered from the past year: the exposureof the secret US-Iranian arms-for-hostages dealings. Otherwise it was a year ofdisappointments and failures, stagnation and fragmentation, with economicpressures adding to the problems facing most states, and...