On Friday morning, The American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel discussion on the future of U.S. policy in the Middle East,
Brian Katulis began by offering some context for the events of the last few days, emphasizing that the Arab world is “a couple months into a transition that will take years.” Ongoing economic, political, and democratic challenges will continue to threaten the stability of the region, even in the small minority of countries that have undergone some sort of democratic political transition. The “complex multipolarity” that had already started changing the face of the Middle East before the Arab uprisings has only grown more complicated in the past year, as Turkey and Iran continue to exert influence over the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. However, despite such a muddled picture, Katulis said that U.S. interests in the region remain the same, including preserving the export of energy resources, countering terrorists, and stopping the manufacture and spread of weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. must continue to invest in regional security, which will inevitably involve a large military footprint in order to maintain America’s “undisputed leadership position” in the Middle East. But the U.S. must also look to bolster its other sources of “soft power” as it seeks to “stay in the game,” even when newly-empowered Islamists do not say or do exactly what we want them to. As the U.S. debates new policy proposals, Katulis is worried that some commentators and citizens will misinterpret the evolving U.S. posture as one of disengagement from the Arab world.
Katulis said that there is a difference between actions and words, assuring Pletka that the eventual apology from Morsi was surely the result of intensive behind-the-scenes diplomacy. Melhem briefly discussed the hesitant international response to the conflict in Syria, charging the U.S., Europe and Turkey with “moral responsibility” for stopping the conflict. Katulis argued that the U.S. is doing a lot to unite and support the rebels, but the “look before you leap” policy being pursued is surely the result of lessons that the U.S. learned from a decade of costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
[ED NOTES: Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress
In March, 2009 CAP strongly supported Barack Obama's escalation of the US wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, issuing a report titled Sustainable Security in Afghanistan by Lawrence J. Korb, Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman and Sean Duggan Sustainable Security in Afghanistan: Crafting an Effective and Responsible Strategy for the Forgotten Front In 2006, the Center for American Progress was given a three-year, $3,000,000 grant by George Soros' Open Society Institute to be used for "general support".
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