"The political outlook at the present time is filled with many uncertainties and much is unpredictable. Uncertain factors within many of these countries and in relations between some of them make the future of the whole region very unpredictable and give the region an appearance of considerable instability. The need to stabilize the region, so as to reduce the level of conflict and promote economic and social progress, is widely recognized, but means of doing this are not proving easy to find. It is worth looking at the background to the unstable condition of this region and at some general factors contributing to this condition."