Trump’s Best Chance for a ‘Deal of the Century’ in the Middle East

| Emile Nakhleh
Emile Nakhleh
Former Member, CIA's Senior Intelligence Service

OPINION — Tensions remain high between the U.S. and Iran with no recognizable movement toward formal negotiations, and the Administration’s recent effort in Bahrain to gain support for their plan to find a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via investment feels bankrupt, but if there is one thing every good businessman knows, there is opportunity in failure.

As a former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office, I have some thoughts on how the President has an opportunity to turn both situations into real ‘Deals of the Century’.

Here’s how we get there.

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The Author is Emile Nakhleh

Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. Nakhleh is currently a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico. Since retiring from the government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism and the Arab states of the Middle East. Nakhleh holds a... Read More

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