America Needs the Middle East to Grow

Skyline of Dubai, December 29, 2018. (Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters)
Its importance to the U.S. and the world goes far beyond oil.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t is an unpopular view in Washington now to say that the Middle East matters. But it does. War fatigue, American energy “dominance,” and a bipartisan campaign to increase burden-sharing, in which Arab state partners pay more and do more for their own regional security, are strong and widely supported arguments for America’s disengagement with the region.

The collateral damage of a persistent incompetence on the part of Saudi Arabia to manage its communications strategy and intelligence operations has made the U.S.–Saudi strategic partnership weaker than it was after September 11, 2001. American politicians of both Democratic and Republican affiliation want

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