November 27, 2017

Can the US Engage Effectively in Today’s Middle East?

U.S. President Donald J. Trump meets with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders in Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Middle East is undergoing a period of profound transition. There are failed or failing states in Libya and Yemen, a raging civil war in Syria and ongoing instability in Iraq. Egypt has returned to a familiar style of uneasy stability under a new authoritarian regime. The role of political Islam continues to be fiercely contested in the aftermath of the 2010-11 uprisings, and this issue remains at the heart of the ongoing crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against neighboring Qatar.

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Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba is president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.