What Should the Middle East Expect from the United States and its Allies?
November 1, 2013
Western influence in the Middle East has many drivers: the strong economies of Western states, strong trade with the region, and diplomatic clout around the world. Underlying all of those factors, however, is Western states’ willingness to go to war to defend friends and interests in the Middle East. In many ways, the archetypal demonstration of this commitment was the 1991 Gulf War, in which more than a dozen Western armies, led by the United States, reversed Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and defended Saudi Arabia.