December 7, 2022

Singh Shares Opinion on Biden Trip to Middle East

Associate Professor Ranjit Singh, Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Ranjit Singh

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Ranjit Singh’s views were recently quoted in an article titled “What to Expect from Biden’s Trip to the Middle East,” appearing in the New Arab magazine. New Arab is a news and current affairs website focused on the Arab world. It draws on the editorial staff of al-Araby al-Jadeed, one of the largest and most read Arabic language websites, focused on the region’s political, social and cultural issues.

Candidate Biden was extremely critical of Saudi leadership following the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Yet, according to Singh, President Biden, “who prides himself on his foreign policy acumen, is traveling to the region with an extraordinarily weak hand…  almost everything he’ll be saying and doing will be with his domestic political scene in mind.” In need of good headlines back home, especially vis-à-vis Ukraine, Biden is unlikely to trumpet any favors he grants the Saudis, but Riyadh can at least expect to extract some gains from his visit. Read more.