ABSTRACT

Democracy, Autocracy, and US Policy in the Arab World: The Return of Realism?   [open pdf - 263KB]

"Whether measured in terms of high diplomacy or official funding levels, it is clear that US support for promoting democratic change in the Arab world has fallen on hard times. Indeed, the struggle against 'violent extremism' and the enduring threat posed by 'Daesh' (ISIL) and its regional affiliates is now the central concern of US highest foreign policy makers from the president on down. I doubt that this focus on security will change regardless of who occupies the Oval Office starting in late January 2017. In reaching this judgment, I do not subscribe to the thesis that the current and recent US Middle East policies can be traced to Barack Obama's supposed ideological proclivities, world-view or family history. The thesis is surely seductive, particularly given Obama's clear resolve to tightly control that policy. [...] This paper summarizes three related versions of these constraints, highlights their impact on the Obama's approach to political change in the Arab world, and concludes with some thoughts as to how the next president and their administration will contend with the enduring challenges of political change."

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2016-06
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Marine Corps University: http://www.mcu.usmc.mil/
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MES Insights (June 2016), v.7 no.3
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