The Soviet-installed government of Najibullah fell three years after the last Soviet soldier left Afghanistan—and mere months after the Soviets stopped supporting it financially. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved against his Sunni political opponents within 24 hours of the departure of the last American soldier.
Following the interim nuclear deal with Iran, AEI will host an event to discuss which country will have the most influence in the Middle East, what direction new governments will take, and how changing regional dynamics will impact US national security.
A review of the soft-power strategies of both the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Middle East and Afghanistan makes clear a disturbing fact: Tehran has a coherent, if sometimes ineffective strategy to advance its aims in the Middle East and around the world. The United States does not.
A strategic partnership with Afghanistan, underwritten with aid and with troops, along with continued engagement with Pakistan, is the only hope for securing American interests and the safety of Americans in this region.
The Arab Spring is a series of events of truly world-historical importance. It has already reshaped the Arab World and the Middle East more fundamentally and more rapidly than any event in the past several centuries.
Join us on September 10 as Katherine Zimmerman of AEI’s Critical Threats Project, Jessica Lewis of the Institute for the Study of War, Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Studies program, and Representative Tom Cotton discuss Al Qaeda today.
A weak strike is more in line with U.S. interests than a refusal to strike or, worse, congressional action blocking any attack. Not just U.S. credibility but also the will of the Syrian opposition is at stake.