November 3, 2023

Biden’s Hope for a Stable Middle East: A Mismatch Between Vision and Policy

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by Farhad Rezaei, Senior Research Fellow

On October 20, President Biden articulated his administration’s commitment to fostering a brighter future in the Middle East, a vision of a more stable region with “less rage, less grievances, less war.”

While this aspiration is noble, it totally contrasts with his administration’s actual approach towards the region. Achieving a peaceful and stable Middle East necessitates a strategy that effectively contains the Islamic regime in Iran, a policy approach President Biden has been reluctant to embrace.

The Islamic regime in Iran is the sole obstacle to peace in the Middle East. The regime has spent the last four decades building a network of 19 armed groups in the region including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Houthis and Hashd al-Shaabi to create instability and foment terrorism and to destroy the state of Israel.