BY: JON B. ALTERMAN
What Does Biden Have Planned in the Middle East?
Biden's Middle East policy appears normal but differs significantly from past administrations on key issues.
Biden administration emphasizes Israeli-Saudi ties while avoiding excessive focus on the Middle East.
Biden shifts focus: global cooperation, diplomacy over military, and partnership emphasis in the Middle East.
Administration struggles with partner trust due to perception of abandoning Middle East, China capitalizes.
Biden faces challenges with Saudi and UAE ties due to past criticism but recognizes their importance.
Biden's Saudi trip contrasted with Xi's. Subsequently, Biden's team improved relations through high-level visits.
US-Saudi ties improve, while US-UAE relations tense over F-35 sale, Russian ties, and China involvement.
UAE's favor with the US diminishes due to perceived alignment with Trump, Qatar gains gratitude.
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