The Caravan
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Issue 1204

A Memo to the President: How to Deal with the Greater Middle East

Obama's Second Term - Middle Eastern Memos

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Bedu have a fitting reminder: free advice is worth a camel, but no one takes it.  Here at the Caravan, we are optimists. We have come forth with free advice for a re-elected President Obama as to how to deal with the Greater Middle East.

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About that Flexibility, Mr. President

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In your well reported aside to Vladimir Putin, you promised him greater flexibility after the election. That moment has come.

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Things To Do

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on your reelection.

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World Order in the Age of Obama

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Friday, November 30, 2012

The mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler prophesied that “We shall not get through this time without difficulty, for all the factors are prepared” Kepler was predicting the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-1648, that would launch the modern international state system in which

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Legacies To Avoid In The Middle East

by Robert Satloffvia The Caravan
Monday, December 3, 2012

Congratulations on your election victory, Mr. President. Now you have four more years to achieve the lofty goals you have set for yourself.

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Letter From Istanbul

by Asli Aydintasbasvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

As I write these lines overlooking the Bosphorus on a warm autumn day, a blast on a civilian bus shook the streets of Tel Aviv only a few minutes ago.

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Letter from Lebanon - Help Protect the Minorities

by Habib Malikvia The Caravan
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dear President Obama,

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Obama’s Greater Middle East

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia The Caravan
Thursday, December 6, 2012

It’s difficult to recommend a new approach to the Greater Middle East when the overarching philosophy of Barack Obama’s first term lingers on. In 2008 the Illinois senator sincerely believed that the United States was disliked in Muslim lands primarily because of George W.

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The American Abdication

by Leon Wieseltiervia The Caravan
Friday, December 7, 2012

One of the most tiresome clichés about the Middle East is that it never changes. In the old days, this notion of stasis was called essentialism.

Barack Obama
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Narrow Margins and Constrained Options

by Tammy Frisbyvia The Caravan
Monday, December 10, 2012

Mr. President:

Looking ahead to your second term, evaluations of your prospects for success in domestic policymaking usually fall between fair (but maybe including the achievement of landmark tax reform or comprehensive immigration reform) and non-existent.

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Getting Iran Right This Time Around

by Abbas Milanivia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dear President Obama: Congratulations on winning a second term. Iran, as you have often said, will present a major challenge to your foreign policy in the coming months.

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Obama Redux - Groundhog Day

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

President Obama, it would be sheer arrogance to offer some thoughts to you about an overall strategy for the Greater Middle East.