Photo Gallery: America's Withdrawal from the Middle East
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Photo Gallery: America's Withdrawal from the Middle East

Remote-Control Diplomacy US Backs Away from Strong Role in Middle East

As the US deals with its economic troubles and pays increasing attention to Asia, its influence in the Middle East is declining. In a SPIEGEL interview, Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, says President Obama cannot neglect his country's vital role in the region.
Interview conducted by Gregor Peter Schmitz