From MESH Admin
The Middle East policies of the Obama administration in its first year are the subject of a new number of Middle East Papers by Martin Kramer. The paper (delivered last month as a public lecture at Columbia University) argues that President Obama’s ambitious agenda has been thwarted by an internal contradiction:
The administration promised it would bring all its weight to bear on resolving the region’s conflicts. Yet at the same time, it mumbled that United States had lost a lot of weight. The administration promised to do more, even while saying, quite openly, that America must resign itself to doing less.
The result has been a power vacuum, which the region’s “middle powers” are now jostling to fill. Download here.