Virtual Debate @Academy: The Biden Administration and the Middle East: Back to the Future or a Managed Retreat?
- Galip Dalay, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy
- Daniela Huber, Head of the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme at the Istituto Affari Internazionali
- Lina Khatib, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House
- Natan Sachs, Director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution
Panel discussion: 40 minutes
Discussion with audience: 35 minutes
The Middle East is busy adjusting for the Biden presidency. While some capitals are anxious and fearful, others are hopeful. During the Trump administration’s tenure, U.S. policy aggravated regional crises and undermined the U.S. standing in the region. The de-institutionalization and personalization of U.S. relations reduced the American footprint and its credibility. This period also witnessed regional and international powers’ scramble to fill the void left by the U.S. But will the Biden administration reverse Donald Trump’s course or manage a retreat?
What will be the priorities of Joe Biden's Middle East policies? How will the Biden administration impact regional rivalries and crises? How are relations between the major regional powers (Iran, Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia) and the U.S. likely to unfold in the new period? What does a Biden administration mean for the roles of Europe and Russia in the Middle East?
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