America’s Overdue Middle East Withdrawal (Project-Syndicate)

The US has long adhered to a foreign-policy consensus that views military force as the best – and often the only – solution to international crises. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and reduce forces in Afghanistan has exposed the hollowness of arguments in favor of endless intervention and occupation.

Ramesh Thakur, a former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, is emeritus professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and co-convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He is the author of The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect.

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