The Complicated Middle East facing the Biden Administration

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By Norman T. Roule

Norman T. Roule is a geopolitical and energy consultant who served for 34 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, managing numerous programs relating to Iran and the Middle East. He served as the National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I) at the ODNI from 2008 until 2017. As NIM-I, he was the principal Intelligence Community (IC) official responsible for overseeing all aspects of national intelligence policy and activities related to Iran, to include IC engagement on Iran issues with senior policymakers in the National Security Council and the Department of State.  Roule is a non-resident senior adviser with the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an advisor to United Against Nuclear Iran and the Counter Extremism Project, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Among his first priorities, President-Elect Joe Biden is announcing a coronavirus task force and is expected to start work on an economic recovery plan this week as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the US. 

From a national security perspective, there are a number of other complicated global dynamics that the new administration with be faced with right away. Among them, a far more complicated Middle East than the one Biden faced as Vice President. 

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