Foreign Policy And The Middle East

957 Words Apr 21st, 2016 4 Pages
The United States has let loose a beast in the middle east that it can no longer control. Stephen Walt, writer for Foreign Policy magazine, takes a critical look at U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and presents a state level analysis on why he believes American efforts in the region have amounted to a complete failure. Looking through a realists’ eyes, he makes a sober and forceful argument that attempts to explain his reasoning for the U.S. foreign policy breakdown in the Middle East. Walt paints a pessimistic picture of a generally inept hegemon with more brawn than brains. He might be right. A new Middle East has emerged and the aging relationships the United States has within the region are exposing themselves. The views and attitudes of the Middle East have evolved since the end of the cold war and have gone largely unaccounted for in outdated U.S. policies. Turkey’s drift back toward authoritarianism, Israel’s interference with the Iranian nuclear deal and rejection of a two-state solution, long-time ally Saudi Arabia’s involvement in anti-western extremism, as examples, all point to the U.S.’s inability to influence its regional partners any longer. The complication from managing such entangled relationships has proven to be more than the United States is prepared for, and according to Walt, “U.S. relations with all of its traditional allies are at their lowest point in years.” Walt points to the new “U.S-Iranian détente”, of sorts, that led to the lifting of…
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