March 14, 2023

America and the Middle East: Marriage on the Rocks

Trita Parsi

The United States needed military power in the Middle East to give security to the  American people and stability to the entire region. But Trita Parsi believes there  are other routes to Middle Eastern stability. He notes on the expansiveness of  American interests in the region and under the American guise, military conflicts quadrupled in the region from 1998-2020. Because of this uptick in conflicts, the  American people have lost faith in military presence, and most Democratic  candidates in the 2020 election spoke of views of taking troops away from the  Middle East. The interesting part of relieving U.S. military support is the rise of  diplomacy across the reason as a better option. These nations understand that  without a military hegemon, the U.S., to hide behind, they need to conversate and  enforce diplomacy between themselves, mainly. Parsi ends his overview by  explaining the need for change in U.S. choices, because if the global role of the  U.S. in the Middle East turns into simply arms sale, it would be detrimental to the  role of the whole nation globally. Following his lecture, Parsi answers questions  on matters including a possible “divorce” of America to the region, Chinese oil  flows, and relations between Middle Eastern nations on the similarities of  government style.

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