Biden’s Middle East Trip: Bad Deal or Shrewd Diplomacy?
This week, President Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel for a trip that’s expected to further align his administration’s Middle East strategy with that of his predecessor, Donald Trump. Biden is expected to announce some form of new U.S. security commitments to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in exchange for concessions on Israel, Ukraine, oil production, and more.
While the details of such assurances aren’t yet public, the prospect raises vital questions for U.S. policymakers: What do Americans stand to gain or lose from a deal like this? Will this lead to deeper U.S. military engagement in the Middle East, contrary to Biden’s election pledge? How will it impact stability in the region and U.S. interests?
A potential energy deal looms large, too, as American families struggle to make ends meet during an inflation crisis. Will Saudi Arabia agree to pump and export more oil? What’s their realistic productive capacity? Could such an agreement have a significant, sustainable influence on U.S. gas prices?
Join our conversation with QI Non-Resident Fellows Aslı Bâli, Faculty Director at Promise Institute for Human Rights; Paul Pillar, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Studies of Georgetown University; and Joshua Landis, Sandra Mackey Chair and Professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. QI Executive Vice President Trita Parsi will moderate.