Sweeping changes in the Middle East, such as the reduction of terrorism, the end of the Iraq war and the Arab Spring, call for a new U.S. strategy for the region, argues Sanford Professor Bruce Jentleson in a newly released report. The report, Strategic Adaptation: Toward a New U.S. Strategy in the Middle East by Jentleson, Andrew M. Exum, Melissa G. Dalton and J. Dana Stuster, outlines a framework for new policy approaches.
Three current crises threaten the U.S. interests: the Iranian nuclear weapons program; the civil wars in Syria and Yemen; and new tension between Israel and Egypt. The United States must also adapt to three new trends in the region: the transformation of the Arab world politics; reduced U.S. dependency on Persian Gulf states for energy and security reasons; and tensions in U.S. -Israel relations.
The report stresses the importance of adapting U.S. policies “to harness the potential and mitigate the risks of long-term trends in the region, employing a high degree of strategic flexibility and diplomatic ingenuity.”
The report was released by the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank focused on national security and defense issues. It is available online at the center’s website.
Jentleson is a leading American foreign policy scholar who has worked in both the Obama and Clinton State Departments on the Middle East as well as genocide and mass atrocities prevention. His expertise includes conflict prevention and peacekeeping, international security, the Middle East, and U.S. foreign policy. He met with Syria's President Assad in 2009 as part of an unofficial study group.