Does the U.S. Have the Wrong Middle East Strategy?

Foreign Affairs Asks the Experts

A U.S. soldier runs at a coalition forces forward base near West Mosul, Iraq, where Iraqi security forces are fighting Islamic State, June 2017. Marius Bosch / REUTERS

We at Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of pieces dealing with U.S. policy in the Middle East. To complement these articles, we decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take. As with previous surveys, we approached dozens of authorities with deep specialized expertise relevant to the question at hand, together with a few leading generalists in the field. Participants were asked to state whether they agreed or disagreed with a proposition and to rate their confidence level in their opinion; the answers from those who responded are below.

Debate Statement

The United States should stop trying to solve the regional problems of the Middle East.

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