The debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East needs to move away from abstractions like “commitment” versus “withdrawal” and engage with the real questions of just what interests in the Middle East justify the presence of U.S. military force and what threats justify its use.
F. Gregory Gause, III, PhD
Board Member, AGSIW; John H. Lindsey ‘44 Chair, Professor of International Affairs, and Head of the International Affairs Department, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
F. Gregory Gause, III is a member of the board of directors of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and is the John H. Lindsey ‘44 Chair, professor of international affairs, and head of the international affairs department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He was previously on the faculties of the University of Vermont (1995-2014) and Columbia University (1987-95) and was a fellow for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1993-94). Gause was also a former Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Kuwait. His research focuses on the international politics of the Middle East, particularly the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. He has published three books, most recently The International Relations of the Persian Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Journal, Security Studies, Washington Quarterly, National Interest, and in other journals and edited volumes. He received his PhD in political science from Harvard University in 1987 and his BA summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1980. He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo (1982-83) and Middlebury College (1984).
Kristin Smith Diwan sat down with F. Gregory Gause III to discuss his March 30 piece for Foreign Affairs, “The United States Is the Last Check on MBS’s Power.”
AGSIW Board Members F. Gregory Gause, III and Bernard Haykel discuss the September 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities and the future of U.S. engagement in the Middle East.