Past Event

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East under the Biden Administration

April 23, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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This panel will discuss the strategic shifts and foreign policy changes that may be expected in the Middle East and North Africa region from the Biden Administration.

Friday, April 23
5:00 - 6:30 pm Amman
10:00 - 11:30 am New York 
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Michele Dunne, Director, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC

David Hearst, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Middle East Eye

Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe

Moderated by David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times

Chaired by Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia University

Topics include:

  • Which issues in the Middle East pose a major challenge to U.S. policymakers and could dominate the agenda in the White House?
  • How much will the MENA region factor in Biden’s policy in the first phase of his presidency given other priorities including the COVID-19 pandemic and racial and economic inequalities?
  • Will the U.S. Democratic Party revive Obama’s disengagement strategy and reduced role in international conflict management or abandon the doctrine of strategic absence?
  • Will the Biden Administration move for a grand settlement with Iran or limit itself to the nuclear question?
  • How will Biden respond to the new realities in Palestine/Israel of post-Trump U.S. foreign policy?