Reassessing American interests in the Middle East

Donald Trump faces several serious challenges in the region, from what to do in Syria, how to tackle Islamic State, taking on Iran, and, of course, Israel and the Palestinians.

By EYTAN GILBOA
November 29, 2016 18:12
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Donald Trump. (photo credit: REUTERS/JOE RAEDLE/POOL)

IT IS still difficult to know what vision and policies President-elect Donald Trump will adopt for United States policy in the Middle East since foreign policy issues, in general, and those of the Middle East, in particular, received little attention during the recent presidential election.

Trump made a few statements about challenges in the region and American-Israeli relations, but they were very broad and lacked focus. It will take some time before he completes the appointment of key officials in defense and foreign affairs, and formulates his strategies and specific policies.

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