What Abe will do with his strengthened hand
may shape Japan's future and affect the situation in Northeast Asia.
Abbas and his allies are hoping that the party's first congress on Palestinian soil would mend Fatah's internal divisions - especially a generational conflict - and give it a strengthened hand
in Egyptian-brokered reconciliation talks with Hamas that are aimed at restoring Palestinian political unity and resuming a stalled peace process with Israel.
Even the ISG report noted Tehran's strengthened hand
in the Middle East as a result of the 2003 US-led invasion.
The White House now has a strengthened hand
heading into a pivotal ministerial gathering of the 148 WTO members in Hong Kong in December;