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America's military footprint in the Middle East has been shrinking for years.
From the beginning of the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq in 2007 to the most recent retreat from Afghanistan, the Pentagon's presence has declined.
Despite that, President Joe Biden's administration has continued to reassure Middle East allies of its commitment to regional stability and security.
But traditional alignments between nations have shifted and the influence of world powers has changed.
Who will fill the void?

And what are the consequences of the American retreat?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Hillary Mann Leverett, former Director for Iran, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf affairs at the U.S National Security Council

Matthew Bryza, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank. He's also a former White House diplomat at the National Security Council

Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He's also Professor of Journalism at the American University of Beirut

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