‘Weak­ened US en­gage­ment in re­gion has left a vac­uum’

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Dr An­war Gar­gash was also crit­i­cal of the out­go­ing US ad­min­is­tra­tion in his speech, say­ing there had been “eight years of weak­ened Amer­i­can en­gage­ment in the re­gion”, which had “cre­ated a dis­con­cert­ing vac­uum”. He said: “It is es­sen­tial that there is an over­ar­ch­ing strat­egy rather than iso­lated po­si­tions to­wards re­gional is­sues. “In short, Amer­ica’s en­gage­ment is pos­i­tive and its withdrawal and dis­en­gage­ment is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.” He said other world pow­ers, such as Rus­sia, China, In­dia and the EU, also have a key role to play – as do coun­tries in the re­gion. “As we have seen in the past decade, look­ing in­ward and ne­glect­ing the re­gions chal­lenges is a recipe for un­remit­ting chaos and vi­o­lence,” he said. “From Iraq, to Syria, to Libya, we have seen crises spi­ral out of con­trol. Surely the les­son that we learn from these re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences is that there is no al­ter­na­tive to tack­ling these crises head on, to avoid their spill-over ef­fects in terms of ex­trem­ism, in­sta­bil­ity and the un­der­min­ing of states and civil so­ci­eties.” The two-day Third Abu Dhabi Strate­gic De­bate fin­ishes to­day.

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