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Growing threats shape Middle East (video)

22nd December 2016 - 12:00 by Richard Thomas & Gabriela Somarriba Rocha in London

The Middle East region continues to play a major part in world politics, particularly when it comes to defence and security.

Growing threats in the region are driving defence spending and countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates continue to see an upward trajectory in their expenditures.

And despite a so-called 'pivot' to the Asia Pacific, countries such as the United States still have a large presence in the region while other states such as the UK are growing their footprint through the use of foreign bases.

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