What Trump Doctrine Means for the Middle East

February 2, 2017

Geopolitical Monitor

King Salman, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salman_bin_Abdull_aziz_December_9,_2013.jpg

 

Summary

President Obama’s overriding goal was to rebalance and ultimately disengage the United States from the Middle East. He took a step back from old allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia in order to carve out some diplomatic flexibility, even going so far as to attempt a normalization with Iran. Above all, he was hesitant to brandish US military might and risk the kind of long-term entanglements that came to define the Bush presidency.

It’s still early days in the Trump administration, but from what we’ve seen so far – you might say that Trump Doctrine is Obama Doctrine in reverse.

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