Global Affairs

May 28, 2017

What Henry Kissinger defines as a ‘patchwork of state-based and faith-based nations’, Middle East is the region where Trump’s predecessor did not leave America in strong position. America failed to counter the moves of Russia-backed Assad regime in Syria. Further, it did not stand in good terms with Israel over the issue of illegal settlements in Palestinian territory. It also annoyed the Arab monarchy by facilitating some anti-Saudi legislation in Congress.

Amid this legacy of rough situation, Trump Administration in White House is gradually revealing the America’s Middle East Policy. President Trump left for his paramount official foreign visit to this chaotic region. His plane landed in Saudi Arabia first and later in Israel. Through this trip, a number of gestures showing America’s new Middle East Policy were unveiled. These might be:

·        United States has finally pressed on the idea of Arab-NATO in Middle East. The idea would ally it primarily with Saudi Arabia and Egypt against the rising influence of Iran in the region.

·        United States would keep on bringing up the two-state solution, into verbal strategies, from time to time without forcing Israel and Palestine to permanently bury the hatchet.

·        United States new policy is once again marked with an effort to contain the sympathizers of Iran and Russia in the region, under the pretext of fighting war on terror.

In brief, the success and failure of this new policy will depend not only on how the United States act but also on how the targets react. Further, the duality in President Trump’s rule will also influence the entire scheme. He says one thing, claims another and pursues none of the two or utterly fails in pursuit.

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