This is an ambitious agenda, but a serious and sustained U.S. effort could produce positive results to benefit Americans and North Africans. Unlike so many policy issues today, the U.S. approach to North Africa is not tainted by partisan divides or ideological fixations. The door is open for the next administration and it should take the critical steps necessary to advance America’s interests and values.
Gordon Gray is the Chief Operating Officer at the Center for American Progress. He was a career foreign service officer who served as U.S. ambassador to Tunisia at the start of the Arab Spring and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.