U.S.-Iraq Conflict

Key Points The U.S. strategy toward Iraq since Desert Storm has failed, and it has no long-term potential. Economic sanctions are punishing the population but leaving the regime unscathed. UN monitoring teams have destroyed weapons stocks; the Security Council halted...

U.S. Oil Policy in the Middle East

Key Problems Controlling oil access is a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy. U.S. reliance on imported oil is very high. Oil from the Persian Gulf accounts for 10% of the oil used in the U.S. Dual containment of Iran and Iraq, along with a broader military...

Islamists and U.S. Policy

Key Problems U.S. policy links Islamist movements and organizations with terrorism. Islamism is viewed as a force that undermines the Middle East peace process, threatens the flow of oil, and leads to the establishment of Iranian-style regimes in the region. To...

U.S. Strategic Reach in the Middle East

Key Problems Washington’s goals in the Middle East involve support for Israel, assuring oil flow, and ensuring political stability for economic growth. Ensuring reliable U.S. military access for intervention in the region and beyond means increasing military aid...