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What we need to learn about the Mideast

Authors Brian Katulis and Michael Rubin encourage U.S. policymakers to pursue smart diplomacy in dealing with the Middle East.

The U.S. killing by drone of Iranian Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani unleashed vicious political fights in Washington — but it did little to shed light on the way forward. The most urgent lesson from decades of U.S. involvement in the Middle East remains unlearned: Military action can eliminate threats but does not resolve underlying causes of instability.

Today’s Middle East faces crushing economic, demographic and social pressures. A young, impatient generation sees governments across the region as unresponsive, ineffective and illegitimate.

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Authors

 (Brian Katulis)

Brian Katulis

Senior Fellow

Michael Rubin