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Weinstein: The senator has just returned from an overseas trip with visits to Israel, Jordan, the United Kingdom and Greece.
Mead: What did you learn on this latest trip?
Sen. Coons: Broadly speaking, we have allies around the world who are wondering where we’re going next. There is a lack of clarity about what our strategic objectives really are in Syria. Now that ISIS is – not defeated, but has lost most of the territory under its control, the primary focus of our intervention in Iraq and Syria has waned. And the engagement by Russia, Iran and the Assad regime is a more and more pressing challenge.
Across these four countries, there was a clear arc. They want us. They want the United States to be present, to be engaged, to be an investor, to be a partner in security and democracy.
And they’re questioning whether we really have the energy, the engagement, the investment to sustain what has for 70 years in the rules-based liberal world order that the United States built after the Second World War. They’re not asking us to deploy troops onto the Golan. They’re not asking us to take on and solve all of their problems, but they’re asking whether we intend to continue to engage in the way we did over the last seven decades.
Read the full conversation on American foreign policy with Kenneth R. Weinstein at Hudson Institute