How will the US re-engage with its Middle East allies and Iran in a post-Trump world?

How will the US re-engage with its Middle East allies and Iran in a post-Trump world?

The widely expected resumption of diplomatic engagement between Iran and the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden in Washington has prompted an anticipatory foreign policy shuffle by powers across the Middle East.

The return of the United States to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – agreed on in 2015 to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – is certain to top Biden’s agenda as he seeks to reinstate a “rules-based order”, according to experts on the Middle East.

In interviews with This Week In Asia, analysts based in Istanbul, Tehran and Washington agreed that the Biden administration would look to tie a US return to the JCPOA to a broader dialogue on Iran’s political and military involvement in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.