President Barack Obama drew headlines recently when he acknowledged that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for defeating the group known as the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL.) The jihadist group has seized considerable territory in Iraq and Syria, compounding the urgency of developing a coherent American strategy for dealing with the conflagration in Syria that is now spreading throughout the region.
In a provocative new piece in Foreign Affairs, Kenneth M. Pollack, senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy, presents his strategy for U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war: build a new Syrian opposition army capable of defeating both Assad’s forces and the Islamist extremists and bringing stability to Syria.
Read Kenneth M. Pollack’s piece for Foreign Affairs here.
The crux of [America's China] strategy is to advance interests, uphold values, and strengthen cohesion with allies and partners. One hopes that the Biden administration will be able to move discussion from questions of toughness to measures of effectiveness in delivering tangible results.
On October 19, Bruce Riedel joins the Foreign Policy Research Institute for a discussion of his new book, “Jordan and America: An Enduring Friendship.”