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Six ways for US to reset relations in the Middle East

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2. Respect – don't fear – emerging Arab democracies

Start with respect. Recognize the democratic outcomes of these transitions and adjust views that are often to quick to label opponents as militants, creating alliances amongst those who differ with the US.

Islam and democracy are not incompatible. The US should focus less on fear of democracy in Muslim countries and more on reinventing a regional role that supports the development of governance that is responsive to local needs. Expand State Department programs aimed at promoting democracy, including the Middle East Partnership Initiative.

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