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President Donald Trump with various Middle East advisers and U.S. officials in the Oval Office President Donald Trump, center, with various Middle East advisers and U.S. officials in the Oval Office at the White House, Washington, Aug. 12, 2020 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

Trump’s Mad Dash in the Middle East Could Leave a Mess for Biden

Monday, Nov. 30, 2020

Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Managing Editor Frederick Deknatel highlights a major unfolding story in the Middle East, while curating some of the best news and analysis from the region. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Middle East Memo by email every week.

The usual rush by an outgoing administration in Washington to tie up loose ends at the end of its term is, not surprisingly, taking on a different tone with President Donald Trump. In the Middle East, the Trump administration is racing to seal last-minute diplomatic deals and lock in its so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran, in a scramble that risks stoking new tensions and even starting new wars just as Joe Biden is inaugurated as president. For Trump, that may be precisely the point. ...

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