Oct 25 2017
‘Unbalanced: Rethinking America’s Commitment to the Middle East’ presented by Colorado College at ,

'Unbalanced: Rethinking America’s Commitment to ...

Presented by Colorado College at Colorado College - JLK McHugh Commons

For the last quarter century, from the Gulf War to 9/11, the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the complexity of the Arab Spring, and today’s fight against ISIS, the Middle East has dominated American foreign policy.

Yet this period has proved a costly lesson in the folly of trying to shape a region through the use of military force.

Despite the deaths of over 6,500 U.S. service members (and an estimated 300,000 civilians) in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as costs of more than $3.4 trillion, the Middle East is no more stable, democratic, or prosperous than it was two decades ago.

It is hard to argue that U.S. involvement in the Middle East, though well-intentioned, has not worsened regional outcomes.

This talk explores the strategic challenges facing the United States in the Middle East today and discusses the benefits of a return to a more ‘hands-off’ approach to the region.

Bio: Emma Ashford is a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, focusing on the foreign policy of oil-rich states, particularly in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

Admission Info

Free and open to the public.

Email: jpauls@coloradocollege.edu

Dates & Times

2017/10/25 - 2017/10/25

Location Info

Colorado College - JLK McHugh Commons

Above Preserve; in the Western Housing Complex, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903