Whatever the strengths and weaknesses of the Obama strategy toward the “War on Terror,” one aspect of it is now clear: the President is determined to withdraw American forces both from Iraq and from Afghanistan. American combat forces have already left Iraq.
On November 9, Jordanians went to the voting booths to elect 120 members of the country's lower house. The elections were called two years earlier than scheduled, after King Abdullah dissolved the previous parliament in November 2009 following complaints of corruption among MPs.
When he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama argued that the manner in which the Bush administration had prosecuted the “War on Terror” had done America more harm than good.
The “War on Terror” is not taking place in a void. Other geopolitical developments affecting international relations on a global scale are also occurring.
Middle East Policy Council executive director Thomas Mattair, author of Global Security Watch: Iran – a Reference Handbook
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia recently offered to host a meeting of Iraqi leaders in an attempt to end the political stalemate produced by the March 7 parliamentary elections.
However well-intentioned the Bush administration’s efforts to democratize Afghanistan and Iraq after occupying them may have been, the pre-existing ethnic and sectarian differences in these countries have proven to be serious obstacles to achieving this goal—particularly since democratization ups
Eight years and two general elections since reinventing itself as a constitutional monarchy, Bahrain’s ruling house of Khalifa has reversed progress on a once promising democratic reform agenda.
As in Iraq, the United States and its allies did achieve some important successes in Afghanistan. Not only was the Taliban regime driven from power after just a couple of months from the launch of the U.S.-led intervention in October 2001, but this was done with fewer than 3,000 U.S. troops.