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President Obama Middle East Policy

Why Obama's Bush 2.0 Strategy for the Middle East is Wrong

Vali Nasr | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Vali Nasr

2013-06-07-Nasrcover.jpgAs surprising as it may seem to those who expected Obama to be a kind of "anti-Bush," it is Bush's preoccupation with homeland security as the be-all and end-all of grand strategy that serves as the best guide to how Obama sees American engagement in the Middle East. Drones, not democracy, drive American policy.

The West Leans Out From Egypt

Vali Nasr | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Vali Nasr

2013-06-07-Nasrcover.jpgDuring the Arab Spring, when economic frustration was creating an opening for democracy rather than recruiting foot soldiers for Islamic extremism, Western support was nowhere to be found. Egypt now looks to be going the way of Pakistan, its economy reliant on U.S. aid, constantly on the brink of disaster, and avoiding it only thanks to timely infusions of Arab aid and rescue packages put together by international financial institutions.

Obama's Neglect of the Arab Spring Promises a Fallow Summer

Vali Nasr | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Vali Nasr

2013-06-07-Nasrcover.jpgThe Obama administration has neither come up with a strategy for capitalizing on the opportunity that the Arab Spring presented nor adequately prepared for potential fallout in the form of regional rivalry, the explosion of sectarian tensions and deep-rooted economic crises.