The Middle East and the Next Administration

The sun sets as the Turkish Navy’s training ship TCG Cezayirli Hasan Pasa sets sail in the Marmara Sea in Istanbul, Turkey, October 12, 2020. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)
Threats and opportunities, old and new

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A   highly unusual development has thrust itself into the Middle East: some good news. As usual, the Middle East is beset by turmoil and is likely to remain so for the next four years. But new and positive responses to these threats have changed the Middle Eastern landscape. A crucial question for the next four years is whether the U.S. will build successfully on these positive developments or risk their withering away.

These positive developments include, most notably, two new alliances of America’s regional friends. These may be capable of giving America serious assistance in the pursuit of its national interests in the