Skip to main content

US policy faces blind spots on China, Middle East

The effects of US trade policy toward China may strike a blow on global markets and possibly affect US national security.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Chinese Communist Party Office of Foreign Affairs Director Yang Jiechi speak as the two countries hold a joint news conference after participating in a second diplomatic and security meeting at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, U.S., November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis - RC152C740580

Executing foreign policy choices will always incur costs along with hoped-for benefits. But willfully ignoring how US economic statecraft toward Iran and China might have unintended consequences in the Middle East creates dangerous blind spots for national security.

There are two current key misunderstandings in the effects of US foreign economic policy on the Middle East, which National Security Council senior director for the Middle East Victoria Coates elaborated on in her remarks at the Atlantic Council on June 6. The first misunderstanding is about the relation between US sanctions on Iran's oil exports and subsequent opportunities for American energy. The second is about US trade policy toward China and the ripple effects on global markets, including the Middle East.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.