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Author Fishman, Ben, author

Title Transatlantic security cooperation in the Middle East : recommendations for the new administration / Ben Fishman and Erik Brattberg
Published Washington, DC : Center for a New American Security, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (16 pages) : color illustrations
Series Papers for the next president
Contents Introduction -- The Obama Administration's Middle East policy. Iran -- Israeli-Palestinian peace -- Revolutions and their aftermath -- Iraq, Syria, and the rise of ISIL -- European efforts in the Middle East. Supporting a stable neighborhood -- Diplomatic engagement -- A reluctant military role -- The way forward : recommendations for transatlantic policy in the Middle East. Syria -- Countering extremism and ISIL -- Engaging Turkey -- Opportunities in North Africa -- Conclusion
Summary "The Middle East presents a wide array of challenges that raise fundamental questions about how the transatlantic community should calibrate its approach to promote stability in a volatile region. These include: the rise of the Islamic State (ISIL), which was fueled in part by the brutal Syrian civil war and the limitations of the state authority in Iraq; the migration and humanitarian crises resulting from the wars in Syria, and to a lesser extent, Libya; the aftershocks of the 2011 Arab uprisings that have brought on an authoritarian restoration to Egypt, a fragile democracy in Tunisia, and a civil war in Libya; balancing the enforcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran while contesting Iran's continued support for terrorist groups in the region and the Houthi rebels in Yemen; and the continued stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Traditional and reliable allies are either under increased domestic and security pressures (Saudi Arabia), have changed their postures as a result of regime change (Egypt), or are more dependent on Western assistance than ever (Jordan). Given this daunting environment, the key question for the Trump administration regarding transatlantic security cooperation in the Middle East is how to utilize limited resources to maximize stability in a region that is undergoing a generational trauma. On both sides of the Atlantic, there are voices that call for a variety of differing approaches to this region. Some would like to see deeper engagement in the Middle East, especially some form of intervention in Syria; others want to step back from intense political engagements to focus on containing terrorist threats. Still others, especially nationalist voices in the United States and increasingly in Europe, advocate for withdrawing from the region altogether ... Engaging with an internally focused Europe on the Middle East will be an uphill battle, but one the Trump administration must undertake to keep the transatlantic relationship relevant on Middle East policy"--Publisher's web site
Notes "March 2017."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 15-16)
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (CNAS, viewed March 10, 2017)
Subject National security -- International cooperation
Security, International -- Middle East
Diplomatic relations.
National security -- International cooperation.
Security, International.
Europe -- Foreign relations -- Middle East
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- Europe
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East
Middle East.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Brattberg, Erik, author
Center for a New American Security, publisher