Beyond Iraq: A New U.S. Strategy for the Middle East

Haass, Richard N.; Indyk, Martin
January 2009
Foreign Affairs;Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 88 Issue 1, p41
In this article the authors discuss the future of U.S. foreign policy in the period following the eventual conclusion of the war in Iraq. They suggest that questions regarding the hostilities which have dominated U.S. international relations in the period 2002-08 will diminish in importance. They claim that the administration of U.S. president Barack Obama will be able to draw down the number of U.S. forces in Iraq. As a result of this the U.S. will be able to achieve a number of foreign policy aims in the Middle East including a reduction of tensions with Iran, achieving peace between Israel and Syria and a resolution to the Palestinian-Israel question.


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