02:28 PM 22 November 2016



Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections continues to reverberate around the world. Hoping to shed light on the implications of the election results on the Middle East, MEI invited Dr Michael Doran from the Hudson Institute, Dr Elvin Lim from National University of Singapore and Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed from MEI to share their opinions.


1) Lim likened the Trump movement to Puritanism as both are anti-establishment and utilise castigation in their rhetoric, among others.

2) Lim surmised that the President-elect’s foreign policies will be built around “making America great again” –an idea that was used throughout Trump’s campaign.

3) Doran posited that the US will take on a more proactive role in global politics, which will be a departure from Obama’s passive stance.

4) Doran also highlighted that the Trump administration will be the most pro-Israel US government, contrary to claims that Trump’s campaign was anti-Semitic.

5) Al-Rasheed emphasised the importance of differentiating between the reactions of the Arab leaders and Arab societies.


Watch the panel discussion here.


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