Crown Center for Middle East Studies

The US and the Middle East in the Age of Trump

A Brown Bag Seminar with Steven Simon

October 23, 2019
Missed the seminar? Audio is available here

The U.S. role in the Middle East is in flux. From the intensive involvement of the George W. Bush administration to the Obama administration’s pivot to Asia and now President Donald Trump’s melange of tough talk and cautious action, the United States appears increasingly reluctant to intervene. In this talk, Steven Simon will discuss the Trump administration’s approach to the region in the context of the long arc of U.S. policy-making from the Cold War to the present.

Steven Simon served on the National Security Council in the Clinton and Obama administrations and, for twenty years, at the U.S. State Department. He is now a professor in the practice of international relations at Colby College, where he is working on a new book, The Long Goodbye: The US and the Middle East from the Islamic Revolution to the Arab Spring.

Co-sponsored by the Islamic and Middle Eastern studies program