The U.S. has a major stake in the outcome of the battle for Mosul. U.S. military support was vital to rejuvenating Iraq’s security forces, and over 5,000 U.S. troops are supporting the offensive. Mosul will help determine whether Barack Obama’s approach to counter-extremism becomes a model or a warning.
President Barack Obama’s second term has illuminated the dysfunctional nature of some close U.S. relationships in the Arab world, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. should diversify its regional policies and deepen ties with more willing partners, specifically Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.
The most newsworthy thing about last weekend’s BRICS summit was its lack of newsworthiness. As a coherent political bloc, the BRICS was always overblown. Now it seems it has already blown over, underscoring the resilience of America’s global role and position in an increasingly multipolar world.