On Sept. 12, 2017 TRENDS hosted three experts from the USA to discuss what is next for US foreign policy in the GCC region. When Donald Trump became President, the expectation in the region was for a more engaged USA. Furthermore, this engagement would support GCC policies and long-term interests. However, it is now clear that that in the first year of the Trump Presidency, the USA has failed to articulate a coherent, or event consistent, foreign policy. From the President, to the Secretaries of State and Defence, to members of Congress, we are hearing varying pronouncements as to what the US is seeking in pursuit of a foreign policy. This creates not only confusion for the region, but also concerns for the extent to which the US foreign policy will be beneficial for the region in the long-term.
To examine this matter further TRENDS brought together three leading experts to discuss the past and future of US foreign policy in the GCC.
The speakers were:
Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, President of the Middle East Broadcasting Network and former US ambassador and career State Department officer;
Dr. Roby C. Barrett, expert with the Middle East Institute, Washington, DC, and Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University, Florida, USA.
Guy Taylor, the Chief of the National Security division at the Washington Times, Washington, DC.