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

By Emile Nakhleh

Dr. Emile Nakhleh is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer, a founding director of the CIA's Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program and the Global and the National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico. Since retiring from the government, Nakhleh has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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’.

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