Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment?
The 2011 Arab Spring upended the status quo in the Middle East and
poses new challenges for the United States. Here, Fawaz Gerges, one of
the world’s top Middle East scholars, delivers a full picture of US
relations with the region. He reaches back to the post–World War II era
to explain the issues that have challenged the Obama administration and
examines the president’s responses, from his negotiations with Israel
and Palestine to his drawdown from Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq.
Evaluating the president’s engagement with the Arab Spring, his
decision to order the death of Osama bin Laden, his intervention in
Libya, his relations with Iran, and other key policy matters, Gerges
highlights what must change in order to improve US outcomes in the
Gerges’ conclusion is sobering: the United States
is near the end of its moment in the Middle East. The cynically realist
policy it has employed since World War II—continued by the Obama
administration–is at the root of current bitterness and mistrust, and
it is time to remake American foreign policy.