The US Presidential Crossroads:Foreign Policy Implications for the MENA Region

After four tumultuous years of Trump presidency in an election marked by vast turnout amid a global pandemic and risks of internal social upheaval, Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. Now, the world is intently focused on which political direction the country will take after a deeply divisive election. It was clear that Donald Trump and his Democrat opponent offered very different visions for the future of the US. In international foreign policy too did they present differing objectives, and in no region is this better epitomised than the MENA region.


Under President Trump, the US withdrew from the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, exposing a policy fracture between themselves and their transatlantic European allies. Ongoing conflicts across the region from Libya to Iraq and Yemen have seen differing patterns of US engagement, not to mention a change in priorities in diplomacy towards other States across the region. However, with Biden’s victory, there are likely to be a number of changes to US’ approach in the region, with possible ramifications to the direction undertaken by Trump in the last four years. What could Biden’s victory substantially mean for US’s engagement in the MENA region? And how will this event shape policy, opening new possibilities and challenges for Europeans?


In light of the opportunities and challenges ahead, this event will bring together a selected group of high-level experts, EU officials, and ambassadors to discuss, predict and analyze different implications of US engagement in the MENA region post-elections. It will explore the geopolitical ramifications of the next four years of US foreign policy in the region and propose practical ideas grounded in diplomatic engagement.


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