On April 30, 2015, I testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa regarding the roots of the current chaos in the region, the shifting coalitions that have emerged in response to the breakdown of regional order, and the impact U.S. policies toward Iran, Iraq, Syria, ISIS, and many other issues are having on the region. I outlined several specific policies the United States should pursue in order to help stabilize the region (or at least not make things worse), but I also explained that even a more engaged America that has reinserted itself into the conflicts raging across the region cannot restore order without regional allies that share with Washington a clear view of the order they seek to impose, and that are prepared to set aside their differences so as to act together to impose it.
Watch the testimony:
Part I: Opening Statements
Part II: Witnesses
Read my prepared testimony in full here.
There are areas where the French/American cooperation can be strong and immediate, especially when they share a common, precise goal like in the small, punitive strikes on Syria. But overall they won't have the same approach on a number of things.