Biden’s Foreign Policy Challenge: Balancing Iran and Middle East Allies

The new president is also expected to continue the fostering of normalization agreements for Israel while encouraging wider communication between Washington and the Palestinian Authority

Jonathan Harounoff
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Come January 20, Joe Biden will have the busiest domestic agenda since the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt, but a major foreign policy challenge remains: angling for a détente with Iran while not alienating Israel and Washington’s allies in the Gulf.

Analysts agree that this is a tough task considering the 46th president’s need to tackle COVID-19, cut the unemployment rate and reinvigorate a U.S. economy brought to its knees by the worst pandemic in a century.

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