On November 10, Foreign Policy published its biweekly “It’s Debatable” column featuring the discussions between Matthew Kroenig, vice president and senior director of the Scowcroft Center, and Emma Ashford on the latest news in international affairs. In their latest column, they debate whether the United States is using all of its leverage in the war in the Middle East, including on if Washington is taking a hard look at the endgame in Gaza.

A good strategy starts with clear goals. Israel has been clear about the goals of its wartime strategy: eliminate Hamas. That is a feasible goal…[But w]hat happens after the shooting stops? Who governs Gaza? With America’s experiences in the “forever wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan fresh in mind, it seems that there should be some more thinking around postwar planning.

Matthew Kroenig

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