Here’s a strongly recommended read from international think-tank, the Brookings Institute. As I read the article, I thought that once again, US foreign policy has missed the strategic objective. Like Iraq, US involvement in Syria has been enormously costly but the end-game is far from clear. For a while, Russia looked to be out-foxing the US but the real strategic winner in the Middle East seems to be Iran. Turkey’s continued strategic importance to the US is questionable and probably directly proportional to Turkey’s capacity to curtail Iran’s geopolitical influence. Thoughts?
This article by Shadi Hamid, published by the Brookings Institution (originally published in the Atlantic) is a must read. It argues that Donald Trump has exposed the tension between democracy and liberal values—similar to the Arab Spring.
Personally, I find the article a bit far-fetched. It almost portrays Trump as an Erdogan type character.
For me, there are two important points to add. Firstly, there are enormous checks and balances in US government. Secondly, most US presidents abandon their campaign rhetoric and concentrate on the politics of power.