Although prognoses emerging from the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa are darker now than when it began, there is little doubt that the change is irreversible. Now the West needs to assess its options in this crucial region.
Obama’s foreign policy bears the hallmarks of his professorial character. Every issue is weighed and debated. As events unfold, he adapts his actions to the contingencies on the ground rather than to predefined grand strategies.