Middle East - Second Bush Administration: Rare Opportunity

As foreign policy experts continue to wring their hands over the dark disasters that might befall America as a result of the policies of President George Bush, one bright ray of hope shines oddly through.

The World Today Published 1 February 2005 Updated 15 October 2020 5 minute READ

Aaron David Miller

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Bush’s second administration may be uniquely well positioned to help break the stalemate between Israelis and Palestinians. Indeed, having largely disengaged from this issue during his first four years, a rare opportunity presents itself to do significant work during the second.

On the face of it, the case for serious Middle East diplomacy doesn’t seem all that compelling. Iraq and the global ‘war’ against terror will continue to remain the administration’s top priorities.

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