Africa and the Middle East

The Arab Revolutions and American Policy

March 29, 2013  • Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price

This book is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2012 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop, a bipartisan meeting of top national security experts. The papers evaluate the various drivers and outcomes of the Arab revolutions, all of which continue to bear an ever-greater influence on the formulation of American strategy in the Middle East. Authors examine the critical period of transition in Egypt, escalating violence and options of intervention in Syria, the threats associated with a nuclear Iran, balancing an effective strategy of immediate economic assistance and long-term investment in the region, and the Obama administration’’s successes and failures during the overall process of democratization.

Contributors include: Graham Allison (Harvard University), Melissa Dalton (Center for a New American Security), Kito de Boer (McKinsey & Company), Peter Feaver (Duke University), Michèle Flournoy (The Boston Consulting Group), Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations), Stephen Hadley (RiceHadleyGates LLC), David Ignatius (The Washington Post), Martin Indyk (The Brookings Institution), Colin Kahl (Georgetown University), and Tarek Masoud (Harvard University).

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