Foreign Policy Challenges Facing The Biden Administration: Middle East

By Zane Heflin — February 10, 2021

President Biden enters office with a Middle East that looks substantially different from when he departed as Vice President in 2016. The Biden administration has already made two significant departures from the Trump administration by signing an executive order to end the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries and ending support of the war in Yemen. How will Biden choose to confront other foreign policy challenges early on in his administration?

Facts At-A-Glance

  • 3.67% purity limit

    is the agreed-upon purity limit for nuclear enrichment in the Iran Deal

  • 2,500 troops

    were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan when Biden entered office

  • 83% of Syrians

    live below the poverty line

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