Leaders of the Middle East are keenly observing the U.S. presidential campaign this year, and eagerly awaiting its outcome. While the presidential candidates have largely focused on domestic issues, the Middle East remains top of the foreign policy agenda. The candidates have expressed somewhat divergent, at times sensational, views on the Middle East, but there appears to be a growing consensus to continue the Obama administration's preference for a more subtle U.S. role in the region. Regardless, the next U.S. president is going to inherit a region in transition, and will be required to recalibrate U.S. policy to adjust to this reality. 

Throughout 2016, we will be running a special scholar series focusing on where U.S. policy with various key regional states could and should head.

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