How the U.S. Can Foster Continued Improvement in Israel-Arab Relations

According to the “old model” of understanding the Middle East, writes Bob Silverman, normalization with the Arab states “was a one-sided benefit to Israel, only to be conceded once Israel meets the needs of the Palestinian Authority.” By contrast, the recent agreements with the United Arab Emirates and with Bahrain suggest a new model that “assumes normalization benefits both Israelis and Arabs, and that Arab engagement with Israel will help achieve a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement.” Silverman argues that there is much more Washington can do to promote this new model:

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More about: Congress, Egypt, Israel-Arab relations, US-Israel relations

How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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More about: Arab democracy, Human Rights, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy