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Biden’s Middle East trip shows the long game is his aim

  • Sanam Vakil

    Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

    زميلة أبحاث أولى و نائبة مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

The US president was focused on repairing ties with traditional regional partners, but he also aimed to redefine the contours of future US regional cooperation.

Under pressure at home for high energy prices and his willingness to sacrifice principles for national interests, President Joe Biden’s Middle East trip – with visits to Israel and Saudi Arabia which included participation in a meeting with nine Arab leaders in Riyadh – came at a critical time for the region.

This attempt by the US president at a reset of relations frames his efforts to manage tensions with Iran, support greater regional security cooperation, and manage geopolitical competition in the Middle East – all of which also benefit America’s British and European partners.

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