President Obama resolving his latest Egyptian dilemma: by means of Option Solving!

Two weeks ago President Obama and his team were embroiled in the Egyptian crisis, where the army had set up an interim government and was cracking down hard on the Muslim Brotherhood. He and his team were struggling with what course to take relative to their various options. Assuming they were familiar with the option solving technique, they were able to draw upon the outcome of my own exercise.

The question I created for them, with its appropriate considerations, came out as follows: “What is President Obama’s best alternative for resolving Egypt’s latest turmoil, considering that the US wishes to remain a major influence there, doesn’t wish to antagonize Mid-East neighbors any further, wants to end up with true democracy, and wants to offset Russia and Chain’s influence within the region?” There were clearly other considerations, but the ones given are the key ones.

From there I introduced two likely Yin and Yang “bookends” to help frame their subsequent, more appropriate options. Although these bookends are options in themselves, they are too extreme to consider, hence the reasons given in their respective boxes. The two I produced for them were: “Just ignore the whole thing,” at one end, while at the other end, “Direct US intervention.” Use of these two unlikely options were available to inspire new thinking on this tricky issue and induce fresh ideas.

In our Latest Example, I dug up six options they could use. They would of course have more potential options based upon their own intelligence sources. However, one of my options turned out to be: “Set up a high powered Arab delegation to broker a deal”…option C. Take a look at my other five options that were available for President Obama and his team to use, in our Latest Example, and see if there are others you would’ve included.

I then advised him and his team to put in some emotional distancing overnight, and meet the following day to decide on their best option. They’ve made their choice since, built an action plan and then moved forward. Unfortunately the waters have become muddied with then recent chemical attack in Syria, hence this becomes the subject of our next option solving exercise in two weeks.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.
Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “President Obama dealing with his Syrian dilemma?” We’re always interested in your COMMENTS or go to to connect with the blogger.)


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