US Policy Toward the Middle East

US Policy Toward the Middle East

  • 6 January 2016

The tenure of US President Barack Obama is about to expire. The preliminary campaign for the election of a new president has begun. Therefore, it is an appropriate time to ask questions about the legacy of Obama’s foreign policy and about the boundaries of change and continuity in US policy toward the Middle East in the post-Obama era.

There is no doubt that US policy toward the Middle East has undergone significant shifts during the Obama presidency. This lecture will cover the most important changes and the likely extent of their continuity or change in the future.

The lecture will also focus on the intellectual foundations of Obama’s vision for the Middle East, examining topics such as: reduced US engagement in the region; the pivot to Asia; reduced dependence on Middle Eastern oil; the internal situation of the Arab world; the limits of America’s ability to influence the course of events in the Middle East; and the degree of acceptance of a US role in the region.

The intellectual foundations of Obama’s policy toward regime change in the Arab world will also be evaluated, with a specific focus on the issue of the integration of political Islam in Arab regimes. The evolution of US policy after the Arab Spring will also be considered.

The US administration’s opening to Iran in the context of the reduction of the US presence in the region will also be discussed, as will the establishment of a new regional balance of power and its impact on the security of the GCC, and the effectiveness of the military and economic tools that underlie US counter-terrorism strategy. The lecture will also address the relationships between the US and a number of significant countries in the Middle East.

Finally, the lecture will discuss the projected policies of the next US administration – whether Republican or Democrat – on these issues, and the likelihood of continuity or change. Suggestions will be offered on how to deal with this future administration.

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Wednesday 6 January 2016

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Wednesday 6 January 2016

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