(Yep I have returned to my first love….foreign policy and international situations….let the fun begin)
Like all wars this one in the Middle East will come to pass…that is if the world wants it to end.
There have been a few reports issued about what could be done after the hostilities….the first was issued by the Atlantic Council, now I am not a big fan of this group for they are a neo-liberal think tank that has a agenda and that agenda is not always diplomacy….but they did do some research and issue a report…..
On November 30, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center launched the Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) co-chairs’ final report with an event featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. The discussion was moderated by Ayman Mohyeldin of MSNBC and NBC with opening remarks by Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe.
Kempe opened the event by discussing the deliberate process the Task Force underwent to hear from voices in the region. He then explained that the co-chairs’ report presents a unique approach that will lead to a better understanding of the Middle East and to a more hopeful future. He added that the MEST report has not focused solely on defining an American strategy for the region but rather a strategy for the region itself.
But in case you are too lazy to do the leg work here is the full report…..
Another neo-liberal bunch has weighed in on the Middle East……Council on Foreign Affairs…….
When the Arab Spring began in 2011, supporters of democracy in the Middle East had widespread hopes that the region might turn a corner and move from autocracy to democracy. Those hopes have been realized reasonably well in Tunisia, which has seen free elections and the peaceful alternation of power between political parties. But many other Arab countries have cracked down on dissent and political speech.
The United States should nevertheless support those seeking peaceful change toward more open and democratic political systems. The Arab uprisings of 2011–2012 suggest that the public desire for change is widespread, and democratic political systems provide paths for peaceful change that can accommodate many different social and economic views through compromise.
Contrary to the naysayers the Middle East does have a future….but it will depend on whether the world promotes peace or conflict……
As it stands today I will say the later.