The Middle East Peace and Security Initiative is pleased to release a new issue brief, “A Strategy for US Engagement in the Middle East: Contain Threats, Embrace Dignity.” Michele Dunne, director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Barry Pavel, director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security evaluate challenges and opportunities for US interests in President Barack Obama’s second term, in light of profound changes in the Middle East and North Africa

The authors outline specific policy recommendations to contain and eliminate threats in the region, and to support the empowerment of individuals, building democratic institutions, and prosperity. 

The issue brief was launched at the March 13 event, “A Strategy for US Engagement in the Middle East: Contain Threats, Embrace Dignity,” prior to Obama’s trip to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan, and on the heels of Secretary of State John Kerry’s nine-country tour of Europe and the Middle East.