By making the strategic decision to restore the US relationship with Saudi Arabia, by far the most important Arab country, the US created new leverage that puts it in position to advance US interests in 4 core areas.
Here’s the introduction:
Here’s the link to the rest of the article. And there is one big way where this policy could go wrong that I mention at the end.
In an article for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy I analyze President Trump’s focus on rebuilding alliances with traditional US allies in the Middle East.
For two core reasons:
#1 – “Trump’s position makes Iranian adventurism throughout the Middle East far less likely. It also decreases the temptation of U.S. allies to engage in counter-productive and destabilizing unilateral military operations of their own out of a perceived need to project strength in the face of Iran.”
#2 – “by restoring alliances with traditional allies in the Middle East, Trump’s approach is far more likely to get significant contributions from them, furthering his America First agenda.”
Here’s the Link to the article.
I have a new article out for a political website based in California on why the concept of “America First” as applied to say, the Middle East, merely means smarter US policy with better results, NOT isolationism.
I’ve got a piece out for a great new website on National Security.
I make the basic policy argument that a US prioritization of economic empowerment policies in the Middle East is ultimately the best way to combat the inter-related problems of the EU migration crisis and the rising appeal of Jihadism.
Today President-Elect Trump announced he has chosen Mr. Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobile, as top US Diplomat. This kind of innovative new thinking is why so many people are excited about the strategic possibilities of the Trump administration.
Four Points to Consider:
I have a new article out today explaining why I am optimistic about the strategic possibilities for the US-Saudi relationship under President Trump:
Here is the link.