A Call to Arms: Why the CIA Needs to Play a New Role in the Middle East

Since President Donald Trump has announced plans to withdraw U.S. troops in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the months before the November 2020 elections, he will soon face an existential question: Does he want those nations to descend into chaos or to secure an orderly peace by reimaging the role of the CIA?

While the public sees the CIA as a collection of secret agents and analysts, in reality, that agency has long played a vital role in diplomacy and military matters, including...