The Arab Awakening
Reflecting on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
When given the chance to express preferences about their political futures, Middle Eastern Muslims do not embrace the sort of secular liberalism that America might be able to countenance as an alternative to pro-Western autocracy. Rather, they vote for Islamists espousing the integration of participatory politics and elections with Islamic principles - and with a commitment to foreign policy independence.
-- Hillary Mann Leverett
Peacemaking and Listening
Process philosophers are committed to relational power and just peacemaking. See Just Peacemaking and Process Philosophy.
We are also committed to the idea that the world can become a community of communities of communities, where all can dwell together in peace, embracing creative tensions but not inflicting violence on one another. See A Multi-Polar World: The Political Implications of Relational Power.
If you live in a nation with tremendous military and economic power, relational power begins, not with micromanaging the world, but with listening to people and their aspirations on all sides, including people who are at odds with one another.
Such listening is especially difficult in the Middle East for all parties involved. It is also difficult for citizens of the United States, for whom an ideology of self-centered patriotism too often substitutes for a spirit of humility, compassion and world loyalty, This opinion piece is an invitation to listen, trustful that readers will form their own points of view.
-- Jay McDaniel
Less than a decade after Washington endorsed a fraudulent case for invading Iraq, similarly misinformed and politically motivated claims are pushing America toward war with Iran. Today the stakes are even higher: such a war could break the back of America's strained superpower status. Challenging the daily clamor of U.S. saber rattling, Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett argue that America should renounce thirty years of failed strategy and engage with Iran—just as Nixon revolutionized U.S. foreign policy by going to Beijing and realigning relations with China.
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