U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Saudi Arabia's King Salman at Erga Palace in Riyadh (REUTERS/Jim Bourg).

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With friends like these: America’s allies in the Middle East create as many problems as they solve

March 2, 2015, Tamara Cofman Wittes

The Middle East is a chaotic place. But while some suggest that disorder stems from U.S. policy failures, Tamara Wittes argues that their origin is in long-simmering problems that undermined state institutions and provoked widespread discontent among youthful, mobilized populations. Those problems, she writes, must be solved if they are ever to truly be strong U.S. partners.

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