Biden and The Middle East: A Challenging Road Ahead

Biden and the Middle East: A Challenging Road Ahead is a compilation of articles by Middle East experts published as President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20th and his administration begins to tackle the myriad political, economic, and social challenges domestically and internationally. The edited volume features analyses of US policy in general and in the Middle East as well as cross-cutting themes, such as democracy and human rights. It pays special attention to issues in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Gulf, and East and North Africa. While the articles focus on the Arab world, writers also discuss non-Arab countries including Iran, Turkey, and Israel.

Editors
Zeina Azzam and Imad K. Harb

Contributors
Gregory Aftandilian, Khalil al-Anani, Emadeddin Badi, Daniel Brumberg, Charles W. Dunne, Mustafa Gurbuz, Imad K. Harb, Zaha Hassan, Khalil E. Jahshan, Kenneth Katzman, Nabeel A. Khoury, Joe Macaron, Karim Mezran, Diana Moukalled, Yousef Munayyer, Curtis R. Ryan, Abdelkhalig Shaib, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Sarah Yerkes, Radwan Ziadeh

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Khalil E. Jahshan

I. Biden’s Preferences and General Middle East Concerns

A Prognosis for American Involvement in the Middle East
Kenneth Katzman

The Biden Administration’s Foreign Policy: Key Features and Likely Changes
Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

The Biden Administration and US Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Joe Macaron

Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East: The Biden Agenda
Charles W. Dunne

II. Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean

Biden Has a New Opportunity in Syria
Radwan Ziadeh

Lebanon and the Biden Administration: Détente or More Sanctions?
Diana Moukalled

Will Biden Help to Restore Jordan’s Position in the Middle East?
Curtis R. Ryan

Biden and Correcting the Course of Relations with Palestine
Zaha Hassan

Biden and Israel: The Constraints Are Plentiful
Yousef Munayyer

What Awaits US-Turkey Relations in the Biden Era?
Mustafa Gurbuz

III. Complications of the Gulf Region

The Biden Presidency and the Gulf Arab States
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Biden and Iraq: A Chance to Address Past Mistakes
Nabeel A. Khoury

Iran and the World Wait for Biden
Daniel Brumberg

Yemen May Be a Priority for Biden and the Democrats
Gregory Aftandilian

IV. Hurdles in East and North Africa

The Biden Presidency Could Help Democratic Transition in Sudan
Abdelkhalig Shaib

The Biden Administration and Egypt: A New Course or Business as Usual?
Khalil al-Anani

Biden’s Challenges in Stabilizing Libya
Emadeddin Badi and Karim Mezran

What Can Tunisia Expect from the Biden Administration?
Sarah Yerkes

The Complications Confronting Biden in Northwest Africa
Imad K. Harb

Biographies of Contributors