How the Israel-UAE Deal Demonstrates the Need for American Leadership in the Middle East

An American-led alliance can be a strong deterrent to Iran and China.

The launch of a new shipping-container alliance running between the Middle East and China in Qingdao on April 7, 2020. Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images.

The launch of a new shipping-container alliance running between the Middle East and China in Qingdao on April 7, 2020. Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images.

Symposium
Aug. 25 2020
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John Bolton served as the U.S. National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019.


Not every diplomatic breakthrough is a home run, but solid singles and doubles, added together, make for winning (and sometimes championship) seasons. The recent Israel-United Arab Emirates agreement falls into this latter category. So saying does not diminish its significance, but actually helps demonstrate that “normal” diplomatic progress between former adversaries is, in the Middle East, a considerable success.

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