Saudi Arabia and Iran are vying for regional dominance. Turkey is cozying up to Russia and China. And instability, conflict, and proxy wars have engulfed Syria, Yemen, and beyond. How should the United States respond to shifting power in the Middle East?
Staged in our “Unresolved” format, this debate brings together five foreign policy experts to tackle pressing questions on geopolitics in the Middle East, including: Is Trump right on Saudi Arabia? Is the world safer without the JCPOA? And is Turkey an asset to NATO?
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the war in Yemen, and the rise of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman have called into question whether the United States should maintain its special relationship with Saudi Arabia. Despite heightened criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike, the Trump administration has continued the nation's long-standing relationship with the Saudis. Is that the best path forward for the United States? Or is it best to part ways?
The Trump administration's decision to pull the United States out of the JCPOA, colloquially called the Iran nuclear deal, has received mixed reviews. Some say Iran wasn’t really complying with the terms and that the deal gave too much away from the outset with the easing of sanctions. Others disagree, saying the multilateral agreement was the global community’s best shot at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Which side is right? Is the world safer without the JCPOA?
Often regarded as the bridge linking together Europe and Asia, Turkey has been part of NATO for more than 65 years. But some wonder whether NATO truly benefits from Turkey’s membership, particularly with the country’s potential turn toward authoritarianism under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. And with the Turkish leader cozying up to Russia and China, we ask: Is Turkey still an important ally to the West?