Donald Trump has promised a bold new approach for the United States in the Middle East. His administration has focused on combating Iran and Islamic extremism, while downplaying democracy and human rights. Will Trump actually be able to fundamentally change America's role in the Middle East, or will he find his administration battling the same intractable conflicts and contradictions which have bedeviled his predecessors? Will his policies drive the US towards war with Iran or Syria?
Bio: Marc Lynch is a professor of political science at the George Washington University, and a nonresident senior fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. He is the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, an international network of scholars, and a contributing editor of the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. In 2016, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow to conduct research on the legacies of post-Arab uprising violence. His most recent book is The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East. New York: Public Affairs. 2016.