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US Policy in the Middle East under Trump and its Global Implications

Beyond the Headlines

Evening Presentation
Drinks reception 6:30pm
Presentation 7:00pm
Close 8:00pm


There will likely be some important changes in the U.S. approach to the Middle East under the Trump administration. The U.S. will try to limit its engagement with Iran under the nuclear deal, allow Russia to carry the day in Syria, and come out in full support of the Likud government in Israel. Continuing the attacks on ISIS — which started under President Obama — will be a priority for Mr. Trump. The overall policy shift will attempt to break Iran’s growing power in the Middle East and reinforce the U.S.’s alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. These shifts will have important implications for China whose economic presence in the region has increased significantly in recent decades. Meantime, as ISIS loses ground in the Middle East, its militants and sympathizers will focus their attention on Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, will outline why the local supporters of ISIS and its returning militants may become a significant security threat in the coming years.


Reşat Kasaba is the Stanley D. Golub Chair and Professor of International Studies and Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His main area of research has been the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the Modern Middle East. Prof. Kasaba has written on economic history, state-society relations, migration, ethnicity and nationalism, and urban history. Most recently, he edited volume four of the Cambridge History of Modern Turkey and authored A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Empire, Migrants and Refugees. Prof. Kasaba has received grants from the Carnegie Corporation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the National Science Foundation. Prof. Kasaba was born in Turkey and graduated in economics and statistics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He received his master's and PhD degrees in sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Event Details

Mon 9 Jan 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

$200 Asia Society members / University of Washington alumni/ Friends of HKU; $350 Non-members