Seth Jones At Foreign Affairs: ‘The Mirage Of The Arab Spring’

Full piece here.

I’ve had my hand on my wallet for a long time, hoping for the best and waiting for the worst.  I think it’s reasonable to be skeptical of the current ideas guiding U.S. foreign policy, no matter how much that idealism is tempered by realpolitik.  It’s too easy to get played by the bad actors, somewhat used by even our allies, and to spend too much of our capital engaged in deeply flawed international models.  We’re drifting along with events.

Jones premise is to deal with the Muslim world as we’re finding it:

‘A central goal remains counterbalancing Iran — not only preventing it from acquiring nuclear weapons but also checking its long-term regional ambitions. Iran views the United States as its main ideological and geopolitical enemy, and it is seeking to become the preeminent power in the Middle East and to promote its revolutionary ideology. Tehran has lent support to a number of U.S. adversaries and organizations that challenge U.S. interests, including Shiite groups in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Palestinian terrorist groups, Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, and the Venezuelan government under Hugo Chávez.

Addition: Egypt is not looking good.

Google books has Samuel Huntington’s ‘Political Order In Changing Societies‘ and ‘Who Are We?:  The Challenges To America’s National Identity‘  (previews)available.

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