Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared in Markaz.
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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Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared in Markaz. This is part two in a two-part series. The first part can be found here.
Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared on Markaz.
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Markaz.
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.