The events from the Middle East that catch our attention now — and for the past two generations — is war. Today it’s Gaza, Syria and more if there were space in the news cycle. In Asia, barely worth a headline, moves have begun on two new trade agreements – the US led Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Chinese-influenced Regional Economic Partnership.
1) Why is Asia’s example of using trade to stop war not heard in the Middle East?
2) Why does Europe not have the clear leadership to take a part in these new developments?