Thursday, October 28, 2004

 

Marwan Bishara on US Policy

Yesterday I went to a lecture by Marwan Bishara on the US's Middle East agenda after the presidential elections. I must say that it was very good and that Marwan is a very engaging speaker with some great ideas. He said he is working on a book and I am very much looking forward to its release. One of the concepts that Marwan talked about was that part of the failure of the Bush Administration in the Middle East is the micromanaging of 1) the war on terror and 2) the efforts to democratize the region. Let's start with the idea of threats to the US. Terrorists start at a local level and, if they intend to attack the US, look to act on a global level. However, one cannot constitute a global threat from the local level. There is always a regional level that is crucial to the ability to move from the local level to the global level. Some examples of the regional activities of terrorists that allow them to move to the global level include: drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking (document forging, etc.), religious networks, and so on. And so the key is to involve the actors in the Middle East on a regional level (even though this would really mean sacrifice on the part of the US, to incorporate Syria, Iran, the Palestinians, etc.) such that everybody feels responsible and nobody feels threatened. Marwan suggested that the best way to do that is to have some kind of plan that encourages development and economic incentives for internal reforms, but also for opening up of borders for movement of trade, technology, culture, and labor. This would encourage pluralism, empower reformists and the great moderate majority that has been disenfranchised in the Middle East. This way you have some regional accountability. I mean it's a very sort of theoretical view and there are no easy solutions. But I do feel that the idea of looking at the current administration's take on the "war on terror" and encouraging democratic reforms in the Middle East as a micromanaging approach is an effective one. Instead of focusing on the local link in the local-regional-global chain, the next administration would be better served to focus on the regional link. I don't know if I am articulating this very well, but I thought it was interesting.

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