Past eventResearch Event

Can the US Overcome its Failed Middle East Policies?

16 June 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London, UK


John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago
Professor Michael Cox, Director LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations, LSE



Washington has repeatedly faced criticism since 9/11 for what the majority of the world view as one failed policy after another in the Middle East. Washington’s efforts to facilitate the spread of democracy in the region has backfired; instead the Middle East today hosts more failed or failing states and hostile non-state actors such as ISIS. Professor Mearsheimer will explore what he believes to be the main causes of America's failed policies in the greater Middle East since 9/11, the prospects of winning an American-led war against ISIS, and the consequences of failing to create a viable Palestinian state. Looking forward, he will consider the best alternative strategies for dealing with the Middle East, and the likelihood that the United States will adopt them.