October 15, 2020 | By Philip Gordon, Brian Hanson

Deep Dish: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East


From Iran in 1953 to Syria in 2011, the United States has relied on regime change as a core facet of Middle East policy -- with mixed results. Author and former White House Middle East advisor and expert Philip Gordon joins Deep Dish to explain that while regime change is a tempting policy option, in the long-term it leads to high costs, unintended consequences, and the spread of instability.

 

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