A Middle East Final Act?
April 2009 will mark the 10th anniversary of the entry of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic into NATO. The journey of these and other former Warsaw Pact countries to the EU and NATO is one of the most inspiring transformations in modern history.
Lessons from these remarkable achievements are relevant to the U.S. foreign policy debate in three critical areas:
* The debate between "Realists" and "Wilsonians" over if and how the U.S. should promote democracy and pluralism around the world.
* The debate now engaged between Senators McCain and Obama about if, how, and when the U.S. should negotiate with its adversaries.
* The debate over how best to commit the tools of statecraft to bring peace and security to the Middle East, including an end to the Iranian nuclear threat.