Can the US Overcome its Failed Middle East Policies?
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.