Religious Radicalism After The Arab Spring
In the Middle East, there was much hope when the Arab Spring occurred. Unfortunately, radical and opposition groups have emerged in recent years that will continue to hold influence over events in the region. A group of experts have been gathered by the Center for Strategic and International Studies to offer their thoughts on the role of religious radicalism in the coming years.
Is The U.S. Too Tolerant Of Terror Links Among Arab Allies?
While fighting terrorism is an obvious priority in Washington, the US continues to tolerate Middle East allies that support extremist groups.
Although some argue the benefits of retaining ties with nations like Saudi Arabia and Qatar outweigh holding them to account for their relations, John Glaser of American Interest argues that is not the case.
“The U.S. should not maintain alliances that are harmful to U.S. interests and should not tolerate terrorist financing by states that receive substantial U.S. support. Military obligations and alliance commitments should therefore be withdrawn. The U.S. does have interests in the security and supply of oil, but those interests are often exaggerated and the region’s energy resources are not as vulnerable as is often claimed.
“Few states have the military capability to close the Strait of Hormuz and keep it closed, especially in the face of the overwhelming international military response that would inevitably rise to counter it,” he writes.
Time For US To Take Advantage Of China-North Korean Rift
Richard Haas of the Council on Foreign Relations writes in the Wall Street Journal that now is the time for the US to capitalize on a growing cooling of relations between Beijing and Pyongyang.
“China needs years and more likely decades of relative stability in the region so that it can continue to address its many domestic challenges. North Korea is a threat to such stability. Meanwhile China’s ties with South Korea have flourished. China is the South’s leading economic partner; Chinese leader Xi Jingping has traveled to Seoul but not to Pyongyang,” Haas notes.