The Future of Foreign Policy in the Middle East

By Ciera Echols

The role that America should play in the future of the Middle East must be meticulously calculated. America must not become heavily entangled in the future affairs of the Middle East. Although we must still stand by our Middle Eastern Allies, we must now work on reducing our involvement in the Middle East. For decades, America has over involved herself in the internal affairs of numerous countries in the Middle East, and in countries around the world. It is now time, as President Obama asserted last night in the foreign policy debate, that America decrease her involvement in this region, and work toward reinvigorating the infrastructure of her own society, specifically the American economy. In order to be successful in other regions, America must first be successful at home.

America’s support of Israel, the lone Jewish state in the Middle East, has caused America to have numerous issues with surrounding Middle Eastern countries. I believe that America should maintain her diplomatic relations with Israel—as the Obama administration has done. However I believe that America should play a more neutral role in this region, especially regarding the treatment of Palestinians. This is the only way that America will be able to gain respect from the Arabian countries. America should continue to provide assistance to the Palestinian territories, including academic and health assistance, to illustrate America’s neutrality.  Furthermore, America must remove herself from the debacle between Israel and Iran. This conflict will only intensify as time goes by, especially as concerns expand regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It is essential that America does not overextend her self in this conflict, and only acts if this situation becomes dire.

When it comes to Syria, America must work to ensure that she does not entangle herself further in the Syrian conflict. It is essential that we do not intervene in this conflict militarily, but rather allow these people to resolve this political issue themselves. We should still continue to provide humanitarian efforts to the citizens of this country. Moreover, we should still assist in the mobilization of the opposition forces. However, America by no means should involve herself militarily in this conflict.

In terms of Egypt, I believe that the United States should provide Egypt with financial aid, and provide Egypt with a sense of how to improve her economy and new democracy. This move could facilitate the hindered alliance between America and Egypt.

After watching the Presidential Debate last night on foreign policy, I was able to gain vast insight regarding each candidate’s plans regarding America’s future involvement in the Middle East.  The candidates surprisingly shared very similar ideas regarding America’s involvement in the Middle East. I was very appalled by the number of times Governor Romney stated that he agreed with President Obama’s aforementioned policy ideas regarding the Middle East. Mitt Romney’s inability to develop his own viewpoints regarding policy in the Middle East made him seem very unprepared for the debate. Moreover, his performance seemed more like he was endorsing president Obama, in comparison to running against him in a Presidential Election. It will be interesting to see how Mitt Romney’s lackluster performance and questionable foreign policy knowledge will affect undecided voters, and the upcoming polls.

Published by Maggie Spini

Maggie Spini is a senior at Duke University, majoring in English.

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