Mike Singh quoted in Politico article, “Biden’s First 100 Days in Foreign Policy Are Hamstrung By Trump’s Last 100”

"Trump is hardly the first president to try to cement his legacy with a flurry of last-minute actions. Still, when a president tries to handcuff his successor, that can feed into the notion that U.S. foreign policy is inherently unstable, damaging America’s global reputation in the long run, former U.S. officials and analysts say. "'This perceived instability or changeability of American foreign policy from one administration to the next means that foreign countries, including allies, feel like they need to discount [...]

2021-04-28T14:42:58-04:00April 28, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh quoted in NPR All Things Considered segment, “Returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Essential For Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda”

"There is a clear desire to make a shift in strategy away from the Middle East and toward competition with rivals like China and Russia. But Michael Singh, who is former President George W. Bush's top Middle East adviser in the White House, he told me, you know, quote, 'The enemy gets a vote.' And he says Iran may not be a great competitor, but you also can't ignore it…” Listen to the full segment here: Full Segment

2021-04-09T00:00:46-04:00April 9, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh writes with Sinan Ulgen in Foreign Policy: “Biden Can’t Avoid Erdogan, but He Can Keep the U.S.-Turkish Relationship on Track”

"When Joe Biden assumes office as U.S. president in late January, one of the thorniest foreign-policy challenges he will inherit is not one of his predecessor’s creation. Indeed, the problem of U.S. relations with Turkey has wrong-footed U.S. administrations from both parties in the past two decades..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-12-16T14:41:25-05:00November 17, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh writes in War on the Rocks: “As Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates Normalize Ties, China Looks on Warily”

"In a world starved for good news, the normalization agreements that Israel recently signed at the White House with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were met with near-universal praise. In a region more often associated with risk, the deals seemed to signal opportunity — for stability, for peace, and for profit..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-10-20T16:08:35-04:00October 13, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Mike Singh quoted in Financial Times article, “Bahrain Joins UAE in Normalising Relations with Israel”

"Mike Singh, a former director of Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, said that while Mr. Trump has long been focused on a 'deal of the century' between Israelis and Palestinians, administration officials have 'always felt there was more progress to be made between Israel and US allies in the Gulf than between the Israelis and Palestinians...'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-09-30T22:24:33-04:00September 11, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh writes in The New York Times: “When China Met Iran”

"Leaked news this month that China and Iran had come to the verge of signing a 25-year trade and military partnership agreement struck like a geopolitical storm in Washington — a rising rival of America and a longtime foe joining forces to threaten the United States’s predominant position in the Middle East. "The agreement ambitiously promises to bring a huge Chinese presence into Iran’s economic development, in exchange for a regular supply of heavily discounted Iranian oil..." Read the full article [...]

2020-07-31T17:42:36-04:00July 21, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Mike Singh quoted in The Washington Post article, “How Trump’s Failed ‘Maximum Pressure’ Tactics Could Inspire a Pre-Election Provocation”

"There is remarkable agreement across the spectrum of Iran experts on what this campaign has achieved: not much. '"Maximum pressure" has caused unprecedented economic pain for the Iranian regime, but has not yet resulted in any outcome that advances American interests,' concluded an analysis by Michael Singh, who was senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration. 'It has not resulted in a new U.S.-Iran negotiation, ended or meaningfully obstructed Iranian regional [...]

2020-06-12T14:49:07-04:00June 7, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Mike Singh quoted in Arab News article, “WHO’s to Blame? World Health Organization Under Scrutiny Over Its Handling of Coronavirus”

"Michael Singh, managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said there was a firm consensus in the US capital that China failed to act on early indications of a brewing outbreak, and even took steps to suppress the information. “'While other governments were also slow in marshaling their responses, China’s failure is singular in that it may have cost the world the chance to avert this pandemic altogether by halting the virus spread before it began,' he told [...]

2020-04-24T10:55:41-04:00April 17, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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