TREADING CAUTIOUSLY ON SHIFTING SANDS - An Assessment of Biden’s Middle East Policy Approach, 2021-2023 - Brian Katulis
28 September 2023
It announced some $388.5 million in aid to the Palestinians, including the resumption of Reverberations From the Afghanistan Pullout in funding cuts by the previous administration, including August 2021 support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency America’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as marked the end of an era in U. [...] The harsh treatment of women and religious minorities under Taliban rule undermined the In the face of these setbacks on the broader Middle East message the Biden team tried to send in organizing the agenda, some on the team began to see the risk of the “Summit for Democracy” in December 2021 and a follow- initial approach: that it put the United States in reactive up one in March 2023. [...] ratings among voters in the United States dropping As a result, the Biden team during this first phase began substantially in part because of the images of America’s to plant the seeds for a more proactive strategy in the chaotic withdrawal and the human costs associated region with some moves toward the start of its second with how it was implemented. [...] troops and partner countries across the region, Security Threats in the Region including strikes that degraded the continued threats The Biden administration entered office signaling its posed by the Islamic State and Iranian-backed militias in intent to rebalance America’s military posture in the Iraq and Syria. [...] Representing In the earlier part of Biden’s term, some officials asserted the biggest cut in oil production since the start of that they were using diplomacy to deliver a “longer and the pandemic, the move was strongly criticized by stronger” deal, one that was better than the original the Biden administration and a chorus of voices in 2015 nuclear deal.