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The focus this week is clearly on Syria and Iran, not because the two countries have been so often at the top of the strategic headlines for several years, along with North Korea. This is because at DiploNews, we noticed a quite "frantic" acceleration of the diplomatic activity in the Middle East and Europe that suggests something more important than usual and with likely implications on the strategic stage is in preparations. The Middle East trip of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel could be a main indication of such developments, yet Mr. Hagel's visit, though important chiefly for the US military industry, was rather business-as-usual since he took his post recently ; implying that he now has to visit all the allies of the United States. The resumption in March of the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel, and the strong denial by Turkish government this week that there could be discussion over the use by the Israeli Air Force of Turkey's Akinci Air Base, may prove such a rapprochement is everything but fortuitus. In addition, military contacts between the US, Jordan and tierce countries have intensified and a former top Israeli official's assertion that Iran could go nuclear the next semester increased our thought that something very "conclusive" may happen in the Middle East, this summer.
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