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What does Donald Trump's election mean for the Middle East?Change itself was welcomed by the Gulf Arabs, who grew to dislike many aspects of President Obama's Middle East policy.Another cautioned that Trump is a volatile man, so don't corner him.One prominent attendee said at least Trump would be anti-Shiite (hard on Iran) as well as anti-Sunni, which he claimed Obama has been.Two issues facing Trump garnered special focus at the Sir Bani Yas discussions.Many in this group hoped that Trump would be tougher in challenging Iranian provocations.Many Arab officials here backed the Syrian opposition against President Bashar Assad, so you might think that any hint that Trump would partner with Moscow would be anathema.Could a new U.S.-Russian dialogue – which draws in Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the other Middle East players – stabilize this region and calm its fratricidal sectarian wars?As Don Corleone convened the "five families" in "The Godfather," so, too, perhaps, might Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin gather America, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
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