Schroeder is the author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. In this rich, perceptive work, he makes a point highly relevant to our chapter on foreign policy and national security:
In the United States, I am frequently asked why I care about the Middle East. My answer is usually a baffled, "Why don't you?" It's hard to name two regions of the world whose mutual needs, tensions, misunderstandings, and mistakes have had more impact in shaping their fortunes than these two.