The latest crisis in the Middle East following Hamas’s October 7th assault on Israeli communities bordering Gaza quickly became a test for the Biden administration’s crisis management capacity. It has since evolved into a challenge to the administration’s broader policy toward the Middle East, which aimed for a transformation of the region fueled by normalization of relation between Israel and Saudi Arabia. This ambitious project for a new Middle East has now been jeopardized by a lingering problem of the old Middle East, the Israel-Palestine conflict, which could spiral into a regional war.
QI assembled a panel of experts, including Aaron David Miller and Dennis Ross, former senior officials who helped shape U.S. Middle East policy over the course of decades, and a distinguished scholar of American foreign policy in a global context, Emma Ashford. The panel was moderated by Steven Simon, senior research analyst at the Quincy Institute and Professor of Practice in Middle Eastern Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.
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