US um­brella to re­main on ME un­der clin­ton

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - A S H I N G T O N

W— Amer­ica’s se­cu­rity “um­brella” over the Mid­dle East ( ME) may hold strong if Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton takes of­fice next year, po­lit­i­cal sci­ence ex­pert Dr. Thomas Schaller told Al Ara­biya English.

“If it’s Hil­lary Clin­ton, then I do be­lieve we will have a con­tin­u­a­tion of more of the Obama- era poli­cies,” said Schaller, a professor at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, speak­ing in an Al Ara­biya English Global Dis­cus­sions ses­sion ti­tled “US Elec­tions 2016: Facts, Fore­casts and For­eign Pol­icy.”

In re­cent years, Arab of­fi­cials and com­men­ta­tors have fre­quently voiced con­cerns over the US’s pivot away from the Mid­dle East de­spite Amer­ica’s long­stand­ing con­nec­tions – in­clud­ing mil­i­tary aid, train­ing, in­tel­li­gence- shar­ing and diplomatic sup­port – with many Arab states.— Agen­cies

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