Podcast: "Can the United States 'Manage' the Middle East? Should it Try?" with Stephen M. Walt

| May 5, 2015

An audio recording from Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.

On April 29, 2015 at MEI, Prof. Stephen Walt presented a lecture in MEI Visiting Scholar Michael C. Hudson's Spring 2015 Study Group "Rethinking the Arab State", in which he assessed U.S. policy and interests in the Middle East, arguing that scaled back involvement might yield better results for the U.S. and the region. Walt detailed what he viewed as American interests in the region, both strategic and moral, and asserted that those interests did not require U.S. dominance or direct action. He surveyed the history of American Middle East policy, highlighting increasing failures with increasing involvement, despite good intentions. Prof. Walt then offered several suggestions to more closely align U.S. policy in the Middle East to U.S. interests, balancing desires to avoid overreach while remaining engaged as a constructive actor in the region.

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For Academic Citation: Walt, Stephen. “Podcast: "Can the United States 'Manage' the Middle East? Should it Try?" with Stephen M. Walt.” News, , May 5, 2015.

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Stephen Walt