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Rethinking U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

Joe Barnes

Rethinking U.S. Strategy in the Middle East.

By Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Andrew Bowen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and director of Middle East Studies, Center for the National Interest 

What strategy should the U.S. pursue in confronting ISIL and addressing the broader challenges of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, stability in the Persian Gulf, and the ever-present Israeli-Palestinian dispute? Leadership and engagement play a part, of course, but they must be subservient to a U.S. strategy whose objective is to protect and, if possible, advance our core interests in the region.