Arab Digest editor William Law engages in conversation with Asli Aydintasbas and Cinzia Bianco of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, and Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, are vying to grasp the mantle of regional leadership in the Middle East and North Africa. With a new administration in the White House, Erdogan and MBZ have had to place a temporary pause on their competition for ascendancy. Meanwhile, their dispute is proving useful to each of them, but for different reasons.
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