Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Toward a US Foreign Policy that Invests in People

February 9, 2011

With change sweeping through Egypt, Tunisia, and on perhaps to other authoritarian regimes, “There are many lessons that are to be taken from this transformative experience,” Institute Visiting Fellow Nukhet A. Sandal writes in an op-ed in today’s Providence Journal. “The most important is that we should reconsider the amount of money that is spent on military and individual leaders rather than on people.”

“Obama may or may not denounce Mubarak now, and this is not the real challenge,” Sandal continues. “The real challenge is to redefine US strategic interests by including the mass of the people, rather than armies and individual leaders, in the investment equation from now on.”