Since the end of the cold war, the Middle East has been the center of military overreach in U.S. foreign policy, peaking with the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq. None of America’s core national interests in the Middle East warrant a large U.S. military presence — let alone military domination of the region. To better advance U.S. interests, QI works to reduce America’s military footprint, support normal diplomatic relations with all countries, and use U.S. influence to support a locally-led security architecture that would promote peace and stability.
For too long, Americans have been told that if we do not dominate, the world will descend into chaos. In reality, as the Chinese mediation has shown, other powers are likely to step up to shoulder the burden of security and peacemaking.