Did Donald Trump Get the Middle East Right?

There was an interesting debate hosted by Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) on what Donald Trump got right in the Middle East. Or plenty wrong, depending on your ideology. The debate was of course hosted virtually.

The synopsis can be found here: “Joe Biden’s approach to the Middle East will likely be very different than Donald Trump’s. But should it be? For some, the Trump legacy was the right approach: A unorthodox style that resulted in a host of political and diplomatic victories, including normalizing relations between Israel and several Arab states. But others see the last four years as a failure of strategy and leadership that undermined America’s credibility abroad. So, as the Biden team gets going, we debate the motion: In the past four years, did America get the Middle East right?”

The debate was hosted by John Donvan and the four panelists included: Justine Rosenthal, former Director of the Council on Global Terrorism and Newsweek Executive Editor; Danny Danon, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations; Mary Beth Long, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Bush administration; and Michael Ware, Time Baghdad Bureau Chief in the 2000s.

It’s well worth your time.