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The Road Ahead

Middle East Policy in the Bush Administration's Second Term

The Road Ahead
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The “war on terror” and the battle in Iraq provided the framework for George W. Bush’s first term in office. As he embarked on a second term, the president reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to a transformative Middle East agenda that now includes the challenges of promoting democracy, non-proliferation, and Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Saban Center at the Brookings Institution commissioned a group of its experts to critique the Bush administration’s first-term performance and present alternative approaches for its second term.

The Road Ahead covers the full set of challenges confronting President Bush in his second term: from fighting Binladenism to promoting Arab reform; from achieving Middle East peace to saving Iraq; and from tackling Iran to engaging Syria and Saudi Arabia. The contributors argue that the Bush administration will need to develop an integrated Middle East strategy that improves the prospects for achieving a priority identified during the 2004 presidential campaign: strengthening alliances and utilizing them to ease the burden on American leadership.

The Road Ahead provides the necessary elements for a genuinely integrated strategic framework that will help decisionmakers manage both the changes and the continuities in America’s post-9/11 Middle East policy.

Contributors: Martin Indyk, Flynt Leverett, Kenneth Pollack, James Steinberg, Shibley Telhami, and Tamara Cofman Wittes, all connected with the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.

A Saban Center Report

Brookings Institution Press; January 2005
114 pages; ISBN 9780815797807
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