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While Barack Obama landed a landmark nuclear deal in 2015 that successfully avoided a military showdown with Iran, it is unclear whether even he, who ... power play in the Middle East, and that Iranian hardliners (in partnership with Russia) can still do much to undermine American interests in the region.
(Bergman is also the author of a recent book on Israeli targeted killings, excerpted in Foreign Policy.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparred with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif. Both separately took the stage for fiery speeches on the Middle East. But Bibi came armed with props: He ...
One key difference from his predecessors is Trump's promotion in certain areas of a foreign policy set and pursued on an ad hoc basis by his family and their business allies. That approach has radically altered, even dismantled, the longstanding US approach to the Middle East - and in particular to the ...
Indeed, for many opponents of the Iran deal, it has become the single explanation for every (allegedly bad) decision Obama made on Middle East policy over his entire presidency, ranging from his restrained approach to the Green Revolution protests in Tehran in 2009 to his reluctance to become more ...

Because he is not Barack Obama. Israelis and Saudis alike saw former President Obama as someone who did not understand them or the threats they faced in the region. ... By contrast, Trump speaks bluntly about the threat that Iran poses to U.S. interests and allies in the Middle East. The great irony is that ...
In fact, just two months earlier, in a brazen assertion of the Kremlin's growing Middle East ambitions, Russia's only aircraft carrier had entered Libyan waters and, with great fanfare, welcomed ... Muammar el-Qaddafi, a cornerstone of his critique of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's foreign policy.
Trump conducted delicate diplomacy in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula like a bull in a China shop. The State ... Grudges, however, don't make for good foreign policy. ... Although the final agreement was signed during Obama's presidency, the global effort took 20 years to negotiate. Most of the ...
... wars in the Middle East. As Thomas Wright, a foreign policy scholar at the Brookings Institution, noted in The Atlantic last week, this new policy reflects "a bipartisan consensus ... between mainstream Democratic and Republican foreign-policy experts that [President Barack Obama] had under-reacted to ...
Since 2015, the Middle East's sectarian conflicts have only become deeper, more violent, and more intractable. From the half-million people ... The deal's most vocal critic, Donald Trump, seems opposed to it in large part because it was Obama's signature foreign policy achievement. And the fight in the U.S. ...
As with many of the president's policy positions, the underlying philosophy can best be described as "anything but Obama." Trump derided his predecessor's Middle East policy as a "disaster" and accused President Barack Obama of "appl[ying] pressure to our friends and reward[ing] our enemies." In this ...
The president remains erratic and mostly untested by foreign-policy crises not of his own making. There is a serious chance that events could turn really ugly, really fast in Asia or the Middle East. But Trump's decisions on global economic and trade issues are part of a proactive agenda. Depending on how ...
U.S. policy in the Middle East hasn't changed that much either. The United States is still giving more or less unconditional support to the same local allies -- Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia -- so there's not much new there. The war against the Islamic State continued under the battle plan the Obama ...
This policy agenda has helped stabilize the Middle East and the results are showing. ... This task hasn't been easy coming off the shortcomings of the Obama administration's foreign policy agenda. ... President Trump and his team are rightfully restoring U.S. credibility and leadership in the Middle East.
These incursions by Moscow, coupled with construction of an air base in Latakia, Syria, during the Obama administration and the Russian State Duma's recent decision to expand the nearby Tartus naval station, are strategic decisions reflecting Moscow's determination to shape the Middle East to its liking.
President Donald Trump came into office on a wave of angry populism, vowing to remake U.S. foreign policy to match his "America First" rhetoric. ... line" episode, and diplomacy with Iran that resulted in the 2015 nuclear deal--America's partners saw the region differently than the Obama administration did.

While some experts have suggested Trump's foreign policy is responsible for destabilising the region, analysts Al Jazeera spoke to said the roots of these three diplomatic ... The recognistion of Jerusalem and the cuts to UNRWA did not happen under Obama, but they were a long time coming, she argued.
Indeed, twelve months into his presidency, far from being the un-Obama when it comes to the use of military force, Trump has behaved more like his ... He railed against the trillions of dollars America has spent on its failed wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan and opined that this money would have ...
Iran's leaders are seemingly riding high in the Middle East. They have helped secure Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime. Hezbollah has a stranglehold on Lebanon. The leading Shiite militias in Iraq march to their tune and have leverage over the Baghdad government. Iranian-supplied weapons ...
The facts here are right, but the emphasis is wrong. Calling the rise of the Islamic State "the defining foreign policy calamity of Barack Obama's second term" is a bit over the top. You can argue that Obama should have forced Iraq to keep U.S. troops there. The surprising success of the Islamic State suggests ...
Rhodes and others around Obama keep on talking about doing all this novel thinking, playing from a new playbook, bucking the establishment thinking. But if that is the case, why have they given so much foreign policy power to two career hacks who never have had an original thought? I mean, of course, ...
Still, the Obama administration could have focused on the nuclear challenge while still doing more to counter Iran's actions in the region, especially in Syria where limited U.S. intervention years earlier might have led to a different outcome. Detractors argue that Obama actively ceded the Middle East to Iran ...
For instance, the Trump administration, like Barack Obama's, actually wants to get away from the Middle East -- as much as possible -- but while leaving ... On foreign policy, M.B.S.'s real friends would also tell him that while Iran has expanded its influence across the Arab world, the Saudis do not have the ...
But in the Middle East, perceptions matter as much as material power metrics, and the perceptions are of Moscow's ascendance. This is an unhappy legacy of the Obama administration, and one that thus far the Trump administration shows little sign of reversing. Finally, in this centenary of the Balfour ...
... in the Middle East as a precaution. Euros stiff Rex. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Brussels for a visit with European officials on Tuesday, and received a chilly reception from allies unhappy with Washington, and unsure how long Tillerson will even be in charge. European Union foreign policy ...
Michael Stephens, head of RUSI Qatar, told Middle East Eye that the deal likely reflected the actuality of the gulf's modern alliances. ... Ben Rhodes, a former foreign policy adviser for Barack Obama, sardonically remarked on twitter that the UAE-Saudi alliance would "make it more efficient for them to give ...
Multiple news outlets have confirmed that it was Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and main point man on the Middle East peace process. ... first time how Trump transition officials solicited Russia's help to head off the UN vote and undermine the Obama administration's policy on Middle East peace before ...
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put the Middle East on a collision course. ... to the throne through a series of wide-scale purges last weekend and reckless foreign-policy moves abroad, both of us are feeling nostalgic for the good old days when the Saudis were scared of their own shadow.
Europe, the Middle East and Asia. ... Trump has not only advocated a narrower foreign policy, he has embraced a more ... President Obama also deferred to the military in surging US forces in Afghanistan in 2009-2010.".
The Obama administration's ambassador to Jordan, Alice wells, was ... Trump at the request of Jordan's King Abdullah II, the Foreign Policy ...
... career diplomat in the job, sources familiar with the events told Foreign Policy. ... A former senior U.S. official who worked on Middle East peace ... king's broader dissatisfaction with the Obama administration's policies and ...
In effect, the JCPOA, Obama's historic foreign policy achievement, has ... As the sand escapes the hourglass, the Middle East continues to ...
... of terrorism in the Middle East; Tillerson supports the monarchy); the Iran ... That was true during the Obama years, when the NSC kept a famously tight grip on foreign policy, and it's true in the Trump administration, as the ...
Rex Tillerson's State Department Is Scrapping Key Obama-Era religious Programs ... minimize the contribution of religious Actors in broader foreign policy issues. ... Churches for Middle East peace (CMEP) is committed to ...
Look at any Trump foreign policy pronouncement and you will find one consistent ... This by no means makes Trump an exception--remember President Barack Obama, still ... It didn't help the United States in the Middle East.
This one explicitly includes Pakistan, India and the greater Middle East. So it was reassuring to hear the president say, "For its part, Pakistan ...
... the deal which his predecessor, Barack Obama, strongly encouraged. ... Iran - the EU foreign policy team has turned out to be pathetically weak. ... her political assistant, acknowledged in an email to Middle East Eye that the ...
The alliance between neoconservatives and the Democratic foreign policy establishment, which is largely made up of former Obama ...
Several Obama holdovers who led initiatives at odds with President Donald Trump's foreign policy remain on the staff of national security ... director for intelligence; and Derek Harvey, the council's director for the Middle East.
Presidents Obama and Trump contrast sharply on foreign policy, but share a ... apparently opposed to his plan to shift gears in the Middle East.
President Donald Trump is sending his Middle East team, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, back to the region this month to try to energize ...
Dereliction of Duty: Obama's Foreign Policy Record Is As Bad As Johnson's ... into the most fearsome and effective terrorists in the Middle East.
... but also of how his meandering foreign policy has created a geopolitical ... Trump seems to be encountering the same problem that Obama did when ... If Trump intends to make his mark on the Middle East, he would do well ...
H.R. McMaster has removed Derek Harvey, the top Middle East ... "[Barack] Obama holdovers" at NSC who were suspected of leaking to the ...
Another area where Trump has deviated from Obama has been the Middle East. His first overseas trip was to Saudi Arabia, where leaders of ...
In an annual event to celebrate Jewish culture and bring about changes in the United States' foreign policy, the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) kicked off Sunday in Washington, D.C.
Istanbul - As U.S. influence wanes across the Middle East, Iran and Russia have joined forces to expand their power in the region, strengthening political and diplomatic ties and stepping up joint military operations in Syria.
Under that deal--a foreign-policy priority for the Obama administration--the U.S., European Union and United Nations lifted many sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs on its disputed nuclear program.
The U.S. Constitution makes President Donald Trump the commander in chief. The responsibility of raising and maintaining a military, however, was assigned by ...


 

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