President Obama is unlikely to change his measured and pragmatic approach to the Middle East in his second term, writes Andrew Bowen, Baker Institute Scholar for the Middle East, in a recent blog for The Majalla.

The president's choices for a second-term national security team are noted for their opposition to U.S. engagement in the Middle East during the Bush administration, and suggest Obama will "continue to push for a restrained American engagement" in the region, Bowen writes. Other factors, including fallout from the Benghazi attack, have reinforced the current strategy and deterred "active American engagement in the region despite pressure from his more vocal advisors."

Read "President Obama"s cautious engagement with the Middle East" in the Jan. 11, 2013, blog for The Majalla, a leading current affairs magazine on the Arab world.