Implications of US Disengagement from the Middle East

By July 26, 2016

Mideast Security and Policy Studies No. 122

The United States is retreating from the Middle East. The adverse implications of this policy shift are manifold, including: the acceleration  of Tehran’s drive to regional hegemony, the palpable risk of regional nuclear proliferation following the JCPOA, the spread of jihadist Islam, and Russia’s growing penetration of the region. Manifest US weakness is also bound to have ripple effects far beyond the Middle East, as global players  question the value of partnership with an irresolute Washington.

 

Prof. Efraim Inbar
Prof. Efraim Inbar

Prof. Efraim Inbar, founding director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (1991-2016), is professor emeritus of political studies at Bar-Ilan University and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.