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Trump's Middle East policy - talk first, think later

Confusion over the US' response to Iran's provocations shows the danger of a president with formidable powers but no understanding of how to wield them or the stakes involved.

LONDON • Peace or war? The Middle East has long been confronted by this binary choice. Yet, even by the standards of the region's traditionally turbulent record, the coming week will place this dilemma into sharper focus.

Foreign and finance ministers from many Middle Eastern nations will gather in Bahrain tomorrow to examine the feasibility of launching a new economic plan designed to alleviate poverty among Palestinians. If the intended US$50 billion (S$67.8 billion) fund does materialise, it will be the biggest single injection of cash in the Arab world in decades, and could provide a significant boost to regional stability.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2019, with the headline 'Trump's Middle East policy - talk first, think later'. Print Edition | Subscribe