The United States and the Middle East in the Age of Trump:

Tweet and Retreat.
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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President Donald Trump has steered U.S. Middle East policy in conflicting directions. He professes to seek the “ultimate Palestinian-Israeli peace deal” but has so alienated the Palestinians that they no longer talk to the Administration. He has pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal but has offered no substitute. He declares one day his intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria while increasing troop levels the next day and yielding to Russian influence. Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer will try to make sense out of an increasingly incoherent American policy in the Middle East.

Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S.Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. From 2001-2005 he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.