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Strategic Insights: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Assistance in the Middle East

Author: Dr Christopher J Bolan

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U.S. President Donald Trump has proved himself willing to question and challenge many of the conventional wisdoms embedded in contemporary American foreign policies. During his presidential campaign, he questioned the utility of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that has formed the bedrock of American foreign and security policies throughout the Cold War. During his presidential transition, he rocked the foreign policy establishment by accepting a phone call from the Taiwanese President and hinting that he may no longer adhere to America’s long-standing “One-China” policy. In examining these early signals, many analysts anticipate that
the foreign policies of his administration will be non-ideological, unconventional, and characterized by a business- like transactional approach emphasizing the costs and visible benefits of American policies and programs.