U.S. President Barack Obama, right, talks with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during their meeting in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, ahead of the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to the Middle East and his upcoming meeting at the White House are both significant when it comes to his recent efforts to balance the expectations of both the hawks and doves in the voting community.

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