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The Trump Administration and the Middle East: What Should America Do Next?
Armored vehicles belonging to Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units near Tal Afar, August 31, 2017 (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Trump Administration and the Middle East: What Should America Do Next? September 25th Event

“Donald Trump promised to do a great deal more in the Middle East than his immediate predecessors, but with much less,” Hudson Institute fellows Michael Doran and Peter Rough wrote recently in Mosaic magazine. “That is, he would achieve significantly more than Barack Obama at a much smaller sacrifice of blood and treasure than was incurred under George W. Bush. This he would accomplish by defining American interests sharply and pursuing them aggressively, not to say ruthlessly. The result would be a global restoration of American credibility and, as Trump never ceased to remind voters, renewed global respect.”

Nearly nine months into his term in his office, has President Trump followed through on his promises regarding Middle East policy? Doran and Rough argue that America’s big problem in the region is still Iran. In a written response to the article, Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution contends that America is not in a zero-sum contest with the Iranians.

On September 25, Hudson Institute held a frank discussion on the future of U.S. Middle East policy with Doran, Rough, and O’Hanlon. Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Lee Smith moderated the panel.


Lee Smith Moderator

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Michael Doran Panelist

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Michael O’Hanlon Panelist

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Peter Rough Panelist

Fellow, Hudson Institute

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