Articles & Commentary
Commentary By MEPC Experts
It is with profound sadness that the Middle East Policy Council announces the sudden passing from a stroke of our president, the Hon. Ford M. Fraker, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, over the Labor Day weekend.
As the Trump administration enters its second year, signs abound that the Middle East is in the midst of a historic realignment. The foundations of U.S. influence in the region are being shaken by the rise of China, the increasing assertiveness of Russia, the possible decoupling of the EU-U.S.
Reports from Israel suggest the imminent expansion of illegal settlements in Palestine. U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem seems to have emboldened the conservative voices within Israel to push for yet more construction.