A non-affiliated treatise, "Solving the West's Middle Eastern Dilemma: Regional State Empowerment," is now available on Academia.edu. It addresses how Western states, including the United States, can help resolve the quagmire of the Middle East and Northern Africa without being directly responsible for the conflicts and their outcomes.
As the situation with ISIS continues to develop -- alongside shifting efforts and messaging from Boko Haram, al Shabaab, al Qaeda, and rebel/terrorist groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and lower Africa -- it's clear, more than a decade after first entering Afghanistan for post-9/11 goals, that the United States and the West do not have a successful strategy for addressing asymmetric warfare or rebel conflicts. Although there exists an overall strategy, there is no demonstrable record of success or engagement beyond the ability to achieve carefully articulated goals. Placed in the wider context of the United States' involvement with MENA for more than the last half-century, it's clear a new strategy must be developed -- one that does more than hope for the growth of civil society or assume that removing the evil du jour creates a vacuum to be automatically filled by benevolent actors.
The next evolution of Western strategy in the Middle East and North Africa is precisely as it always should have been: facilitating change rather than forcing it.
Brady, K. (2015). Solving the West's Middle Eastern Dilemma: Regional State Empowerment. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/11746095/Solving_the_Wests_Middle_Eastern_Dilemma_Regional_State_Empowerment