When President Obama arrives in Israel on the first leg of his Middle East trip on March 20, he will face a region that is increasingly unstable. Iran is dangerously close to developing nuclear weapons. Syria remains engulfed in a bloody civil war. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks remain comatose. Egypt’s new Islamist regime has sought to monopolize power in the face of growing opposition. And Al-Qaeda, though scattered, has exploited the power vacuums generated by the Arab Spring political upheavals to find new sanctuaries and expand its own power.
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Mary Habeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, The Heritage Foundation
Kenneth Katzman, Ph.D.
Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies