E7: Can the U.S. Pull Back from the Middle East Without Risking Its Security? by Institute for the Study of War (ISW) published on 2019-12-06T22:03:14Z The U.S. national security community's growing focus on China and Russia is raising questions about the future of America's role in the Middle East region. Can the U.S. pull back from the broader Middle East and expect other actors to contain the threats building in the region? ISW Director of Innovation and Tradecraft Colonel (ret.) Ketti Davison tackles this question and how America should think about this strategy.