January 23, 2004

Bush Multilateralism Watch

"The Bush administration's attempt to forge a policy that is both ambitious and multilateral is the right approach."

From today's lead WaPo masthead (might Krugman, Dowd, Soros, and Kerry take a peek at it?)

"...the White House is considering several potentially important new initiatives. One envisions a charter for freedom for the Middle East -- a mutual commitment by countries in the region to embrace the principles and institutions of democracy, linked to a follow-up process. Another centers on a possible program by NATO to forge training and other security cooperation agreements with Arab states. A third would promote economic links between Middle Eastern countries and the United States and European Union. The ideas are nascent and face a few obstacles. But the fact that the administration is discussing them with key European governments is encouraging."

More:

"At best, the Middle East initiatives could form the basis for a common European-American strategy for addressing one of the world's most serious challenges."

Over here at B.D., we were discussing the need for renewed U.S.-European cooperation on a meta-'region-building' project in the Middle East about a week back. We also noted the need to avoid the "trap of Kaganism." If you didn't read the post then, check it out now. I think it's worth a gander.

For more re: enhancements of NATO cooperation with Arab states check out this piece on the so-called "Mediterranean Dialogue."

A partnership for peace style NATO presence in countries like Jordan and Egypt could prove a force for stability going forward in the region.

And might help give, down the road (note I don't mean down the moribund, er, roadmap), Martin Indyk's trusteeship idea more legs.

Posted by Gregory at January 23, 2004 10:52 AM
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