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Smart Take | What Did Secretary of State Blinken Achieve During His Middle East Trip?

January 12, 20242:11

Secretary Blinken has just wrapped up his tour of the Middle East, during which he made an effort to ratchet down tensions in the region and prevent the war in Gaza from spreading. Merissa Khurma, Director of the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, provides insight into the goals of Blinken’s trip, what Arab leaders want if they are going to invest in rebuilding Gaza, and why assuring Palestinian rights is integral to Israel’s future security.


Merissa Khurma

Merissa Khurma

Director, Middle East Program
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The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more