U.S. Foreign Policy

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Dr. Ian Lustick

Professor of Political Science

University of Pennsylvania



·      Co-author of “America and the Regional Powers in a Transforming Middle East,” featured article in the Summer 2012 edition of the journal Middle East Policy.  The essay applauds the agility of the Obama administration in dealing with a transforming Middle East but questions the flexibility of regional powers like Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia to adapt to a rapidly changing political landscape. 

·      Author of numerous other articles and books including Trapped in the War on Terror and Unsettled States, Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza.

·      Former White House consultant on Middle East affairs and national security.


            Uncharacteristically for any great power operating in the Middle East, the United States seems to be performing considerably better than most of the regional powers, who have seemed particularly awkward in their responses to regime transformations and continuing turbulence.  Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran are all viewing regional events through old prisms.”