US-Middle East engagement: Trump’s foreign policy shake-up

After a year of radical shifts, where is US policy going next in the Middle East?

Tuesday, April 23, 15:00 UK / 10:00 EDT

It is almost a year since US President Donald Trump announced that he would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. With the Iranian economy already reeling, Washington says it will maintain its “maximum pressure” approach.

Elsewhere in the region, after elections on April 9, Israel is awaiting its new government, as well as the long-awaited unveiling of the US peace plan -- the “ultimate deal” to end the conflict with the Palestinians. Trump has already broken with decades of US policy towards Israel by recognising its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, raising concerns of another major reversal over the West Bank and Gaza.

At the same time, Trump faces pushback at home over how to address two ongoing conflicts in the Middle East: Syria, where he says he wants to pull out; and Yemen, where he is committed to backing Saudi Arabia’s military role.

Against the backdrop of a year of radical shifts in US policy in the Middle East, an Oxford Analytica expert team will answer your questions on what this has achieved so far, and what we can expect from the year ahead:

  • What additional pressures could Washington exert on Tehran, and what is its ultimate goal?
  • As sanctions pressures worsen, might Iran now start to take a more aggressive or confrontational approach in the region?
  • Can Trump’s ally, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, make it back into office, or will a new leader take US-Israel relations in another direction?
  • What can we expect to see in Washington’s Middle East peace plan, and what are its prospects for success?
  • Is the United States now committed once more to a long-term troop presence in Syria?
  • To what extent can domestic resistance change the direction of Trump’s military planning in the Middle East and elsewhere?

On April 23, Oxford Analytica will hold a client conference call to discuss how the Trump administration is reshaping the United States’ policy to the Middle East and the implications for the region and beyond.

Join us to put your questions to our experts:

  • Dr. Sanam Vakil, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Dr. Sara Hirschhorn, Visiting Assistant Professor in Israel Studies, Northwestern University
  • Dr. Trevor McCrisken, Associate Professor, US Foreign Policy, University of Warwick

An Oxford Analytica Conference Call

Tuesday, April 23, 15:00 UK / 10:00 EDT