Security Challenges and U.S. Strategy
The Middle East's evolving security landscape raises questions about the shifting roles of regional and world powers, including the United States, in ensuring stability and managing crises. Crises in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen continue to generate grave political and humanitarian consequences. Arab Gulf leaders are locked in a sectarian struggle with Iran and are threatened by a potentially nuclear armed Iran, which would disrupt the regional balance of power. Iran perceives threats from all sides and seeks to exert its influence throughout the Middle East. The United States works to ensure energy security and stability in the Gulf and the long-term security of Israel. Meanwhile, the rise of non-state actors and extremist groups presents complex security and policy challenges which increasingly transcend national boundaries. Opportunities for constructive engagement abound, yet legitimate concerns about long-term stability and the consequences of U.S. engagement in the region remain unanswered. The Middle East Program analyzes the evolving security dynamics in the region and evaluates different strategies the United States can pursue to protect its interests in the region.
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