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We convene the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha this week at a moment of historical transition in America’s Middle East policy. That’s not just because the United States has ended its military combat mission in Iraq, and is on the same path in Afghanistan. It’s also because of transformative changes now underway in the region, in the global economy, and in the global politics of energy. President Obama’s new approach to the Middle East may seem, to some, narrow and constrained: more focused on avoiding problems than solving them. But it’s important to understand how the lessons of the last years, and the changes underway in the region, affect American interests and the views of the American people on foreign policy.