Building Security in the Persian Gulf
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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With the winding down of the U.S. military engagement in Iraq and with other developments in the region of the Persian Gulf, the United States, along with its allies and friends, faces the need to define a long-term strategy for the region. Part of that strategy will relate to immediate issues of continuing U.S. involvement in Iraq, part to challenges posed by Iran, part to developments in nearby Southwest Asia i.e., Afghanistan and Pakistan, part to the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict, and part to the overall U.S. position in the region and its reputation for getting right its strategy and approach to the region and the steps taken to implement them. The nature of U.S. and Western interests in the region-e.g., the secure export of energy, stability and predictability, counterterrorism, relations with other great powers, geopolitics and geoeconomics in general-means that the United States will have no choice but to remain a deeply engaged power in the region. Of course, the terms, conditions, qualities, dimensions, and application of that power and related influence are subject to debate, decision, and responses to events that have not yet happened or, in some cases, even been imagined. But the United States continued, indeed permanent, engagement in the region has already been determined by its interests.
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