Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

The World According to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

October 14, 2010

Recent statements in the UN by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are shocking both in their substance and in their reception around the world.  Something is amiss in the Middle East.  The American message in the region is not persuasive.  This article explores the recent trend in anti-American rhetoric and public opinion in the Middle East and questions the importance of re-evaluating American foreign policy priorities in Pakistan.

The World According to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Middle Eastern Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy
By Eric S. Morse

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The U.S.-Pakistan National Security Relationship

August 24, 2010

The enormity of the flooding in Pakistan is beyond imagination and has created the potential for Pakistan to become a failed state.  Moreover, the Taliban’s message that the rural populations are not served by the Government of Pakistan is gaining traction.  Without strategic vision and oversight of this problem, U.S. resources may be wasted on ineffective projects and may interfere with U.S. goals in the region.

This article synthesizes the observations of esteemed Pakistan commentators by focusing on a number of complementary issue areas that would benefit from focused U.S.-Pakistan cooperation and may be the most effective targets for foreign aid.

The U.S.-Pakistan National Security Relationship
By Richard E. Friedman and Frank Schell

Economic Warfare Strategy Against Iran

August 2, 2010

The American Foreign Policy Council recently released an excellent report titled “Towards an Economic Warfare Strategy Against Iran.”  The report provides excellent policy recommendations for crafting a series of practical, multilateral economic sanctions against Iran.

Sanctions have been used several times against Iran in the past, but all have fallen short of achieving the desired effects.  In this report, the American Foreign Policy Council outlines, in great detail, a pragmatic economic warfare strategy against Iran that may shore up the deficiencies of previous efforts.

For those interested in U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, the NSF highly recommends this report.  Click on the PDF link above, or visit the AFPC website.