Refining the U.S. Force Posture in the Gulf

In the series Refining the U.S. Force Posture in the Gulf, AGSIW helps frame the larger debate on U.S. defense posture in the Gulf and explores options for restructuring the United States’ policy goals and military presence in the region. Through written analysis and conversations with scholars, experts, and practitioners, the series explores new conceptual frameworks and searches for constructive ideas for a more realistic, effective, and pragmatic approach to reshaping the U.S. force posture in the region.

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The Debate Over the U.S. Military Role in the Gulf

Maximalist proposals calling for near-total withdrawal or expanding the U.S. military footprint are unrealistic. The task is to find effective ways of doing as much, or more, with less.

The U.S. Prevented War, Yet Iran’s Strategic Decision-Making Process Remains Flawed

The crisis between Iran and Israel may be contained for now, but the breakdown in decision making that led to the end of Iran’s “strategic patience” carries risks going forward.

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Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

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