NESA Alumnus Eman Ragab writes for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs on the persisting lack of a multi-lateral security force for the Middle East. The recently U.S.-proposed anti-Iran Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) and the European-led missions to secure navigation in the Persian Gulf again force the consideration of this issue. U.S. and European initiatives have historically not worked out as expected, in fact deepening security deficits instead of solving them. Such approaches serve the political interests of the United States and Europe and not those of the region. The newly proposed schemes are built on the same posturing designed to protect American and European interests. Read more here.