Isolationism is the future!

Some stats from Foreign Policy in the New Millennium [PDF], by Chicago Council Surveys, suggest a growing distaste for hyperactive, omni-present US foreign policy by under-40s in general:

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The Bush-Obama generation wants no more foreign adventurism, it seems. Yet it does not want the Clinton-Bush (and really also partly Obama, at least on ICC and climate change) anti-multilateralism, either:

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It seems that dogmatic ideas about not talking to certain groups are also not particularly popular with the public:

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Speaking of Islamist groups, they appear to be no longer such boogeymen for the young:

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Obama may be pivoting away from the Middle East to East Asia, but that's certainly not where threat perception is:

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Even so, it's heartening to see there is no great appetite for being Middle East policeman anymore:

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And likewise heartening that there's no great appetite for aid to Egypt (and hopefully aid to elsewhere, too):

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.