October 17, 2012

Here's How to Restore U.S. Power in the Mideast

Marwan Muasher, New York Times

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Despite a near consensus among Arabs and Israelis that the United States holds most of the cards on the peace process, U.S. leaders appear unwilling — or unable — to play them. As a result, the United States is seen as increasingly on the sidelines — not because it isn’t needed, but because it continues to shy away from a leadership role. The perception that American presidents are not able, or willing, to take independent action in order to pursue peace has created a situation where most people in the region have given up on Washington in this regard.

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TAGGED: Arab Spring, United States, Middle East

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