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I am writing a paper on Clinton's Middle East policy and have been struck by its emphasis on a dual containment and sanctions strategy. I would like to hear your opinion on how far was Clinton's policy of dual containment toward Iran and Iraq significantly different from previous Administrations policies towards Middle East? Did it cut with a tradition of always keeping one of the two (Iran or Iraq) as an ally? Could this strategy have been a major cause of a regional desequilibrium and the creation of an anti-american axis led by the two regimes? Thank you in advance for your answers. Carolina Cordeiro PhD in Instituto Estudos Políticos, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa Lisbon, Portugal