Hudson Institute Presidential Transition Papers
January 8, 2009
by Hillel Fradkin
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President-elect Obama faces serious geopolitical challenges
in the Middle East, Central, and South Asia—a region best
described as the "Greater Middle East." The immediate policy
objectives of the President-elect—to withdraw our forces
from Iraq and to redouble our efforts in Afghanistan —dictate
that near-term policy will be sharply focused on two countries:
Iran and Pakistan.
In Pakistan our clearest objective should be to give as much
support as possible to the new government. In Iran, the new
administration looks likely to make a renewed effort to
negotiate nuclear issues. In the case these negotiations fail—
and they probably will—the Obama administration will
have to immediately undertake a wide-ranging review of new
strategies to deal with a nuclear Iran.
Hillel Fradkin is a Senior Fellow and Director for the Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World at Hudson Institute.
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