USNI News quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on his report, The New Containment: Changing America’s Approach to Middle East Security, which calls for a new US security architecture to tackle Middle East concerns:
Bilal Saab, who directed the report, said there is uncertainty in the Middle East about the United States’ relationship with Iran and even with traditional American friends and partners. If the United States cannot reach a nuclear deal with Iran, that uncertainty may lead other countries in the region to blame the US for the negotiations breaking down, which could cause bigger problems, Haas said.
Saab, in outlining the report New Containment: Changing American Approach to Middle East Security, said, “the fact is the Middle East is burning” – and that problem doesn’t end with a nuclear deal with Iran.
He called for a “new security architecture” for the region, saying “the Middle East does not have any forum to discuss the issues of arms control, disarmament, civil wars or regional conflicts.”