Kenneth M. Pollack

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Kenneth M. Pollack is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has served previously as a Persian Gulf Military Analyst at the CIA and as Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council. He is the author of eight books on the Middle East. His most recent is Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy.

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Middle East and North Africa

Ending the Middle East’s Civil Wars

If the United States and the international community do not act decisively to address the larger problems of the Middle East—particularly the destabilizing effects of multiple civil wars—then these civil wars will only metastasize, spreading instability and chaos and undercutting whatever more modest strategy we try to pursue.