Dov Zakheim is senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and senior fellow at CNA Corp. Previously, he served as senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, as under secretary of defense (comptroller) and chief financial officer for the Department of Defense, and as the DODs coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. During the 2000 presidential campaign, he was a senior foreign policy advisor to then-Governor Bush. From 1985 to 1987, Zakheim was deputy under secretary of defense for planning and resources. He is vice chairman of both the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Center for the National Interest, a member of the Defense Business Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, and has been an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct professor at several universities. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
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Since there is little prospect that any western power will attempt to vanquish ISIS, it therefore falls to its regional antagonists to do the job, or wait until it implodes, as inevitably it will. In the meantime, ISIS must instead be contained.
America may have shed the illusion that it is an omnipotent power, but that is no reason to conclude that its influence cannot be revived.