President Barack Obama’s electoral promises of change in foreign policy have come under fire these last few weeks. The reaction from observers and commentators in the Middle East to the U.S. response to unrest in Tunisia and Egypt has not been kind.
With the protests in Egypt showing no signs of abating, many regional governments are taking measures to head off any possibility of a spillover into their own countries.
One prediction about the “War on Terror” can be made with great confidence: It is not going to end any time soon, or even dramatically subside. There are several possible ways, though, in which it could evolve.
Following a revolt in Tunisia sparked by the suicide of a university graduate prevented by police from selling fruit and vegetables to make a living, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee the country last week after 23 years in power.
There are many regional and local conflicts that are linked to the “War on Terror.” As argued in the thirteenth article in this series, resolving these conflicts would help reduce the scope and intensity of that war, but doing so has proven extremely difficult up to now.
The Iraqi firebrand Moqtada Al-Sadr has returned to Iraq almost four years after his last public appearance in the country.
Pakistan’s relationship to the “War on Terror” has been highly ambivalent. On the one hand, Pakistan played a key role in facilitating the U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan from shortly after 9/11 up to the present. It has permitted the transit of matériel across Pakistani territory to U.S.