US defence strategy: Military spending cuts will impact on increased tensions in the Middle East as Iran sanctions bite

Map of the Middle East showing the areas of tension
Map of the Middle East showing the areas of tension

US and EU sanctions against Iran could seriously strangle Iran’s economy and cause a desperate response. Israel is also squeezed by the changing Middle East political environment and threatens strikes. But will the new US defence policy driven by budget cuts, a focus on the Asia-Pacific region and a move away from military efforts to diplomacy in the Middle East, spill into the US election?

THE UNITED States is reasserting its global role and streamlining its military posture while adapting its defence costs to meet economic and budgetary realities.

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But foreign policy is unlikely to play a significant part in the unfolding presid...

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