by DR. BRUCE JENTLESON, DR. ANDREW EXUM, MELISSA DALTON, JOHN DANA STUSTER for the CENTER FOR NEW AMERICAN SECURITY on JUNE 6, 2012:
The upheaval that has shaken the Middle East since January 2011 has clearly demonstrated some of the faulty assumptions that have long underpinned U.S. policy in the region. In Strategic Adaptation: Toward a New U.S. Strategy in the Middle East, authors Dr. Bruce W. Jentleson (pictured), Dr. Andrew M. Exum, Melissa G. Dalton and J. Dana Stuster chart the fundamentals of a revised strategy for U.S. Middle East policy, starting with a reevaluation of U.S. interests and an assessment of the evolving strategic context.
The approach they propose is one of “strategic adaptation” to meet immediate challenges while simultaneously responding to regional trends that will affect the region – and U.S. engagement – for decades to come. FULL REPORT
Summary by Duke University’s Terry Sanford School for Public Policy
Bruce Jentleson, one of the authors of the report, is professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. Also, in July 2012 it was announced that he has been appointed to the Obama 2012 National Security Advisory Steering Committee, and is co-chairing the Middle East working group.