The Trump Administration has made some noticeable and important changes in Middle East policy – withdrawing from the JCPOA, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But how different is the Trump approach to the region from his predecessors? Less than the surface disruptions might indicate. This talk will examine the continuities in American policy toward the Middle East from the Obama Administration, the consequences of the new posture toward Iran and the difficulties the Trump Administration faces with Saudi Arabia, the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars, and the Arab-Israeli peace process.
F. Gregory Gause, III is Professor and John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, as well as serving as head of School’s Department of International Affairs. He was previously on the faculties of the University of Vermont, Columbia University and was Fellow for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; and was Kuwait Foundation Visiting Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His research focuses on the international politics of the Middle East, particularly the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. He has published three books, most recently The International Relations of the Persian Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Journal, Security Studies, Journal of Democracy, Washington Quarterly, National Interest, and in other journals and edited volumes.