Is Trump Keeping His Mideast Promises?

By Gregg Roman

Middle East ForumóBriefing

May 11, 2017

In his first 100 days, President Trump has successfully reasserted America's long-standing role as the Middle East's great power.

Whereas the Obama administration sought to create a "hegemonic equilibrium" - a balance of power between the regional powers - the Trump administration has charted a different course, re-embracing America's allies and casting off its foes. This has included,

A potential downside to President Trump's increased engagement has been his outreach to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following the referendum formally confirming him as dictator for life. Whereas Tehran can be seen as today's "problem child," Turkey may well become tomorrow's trouble spot.

Ultimately, however, the reassertion of Washington's hegemonic position in the Middle East supports President Trump's broader goal of strengthening the U.S. abroad in order to keep Americans safer at home.