The two candidates differ on the timing, scope and scale of US regional engagement. Biden was a strong critic of the policy changes Trump introduced regarding the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the legality of Israeli West Bank settlements.
- The legal process of waiving Trump’s many-layered sanctions on Iran could present a logistical challenge for a Biden administration.
- Even if the Democrats regain Senate control, they would not have the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a possible Iran treaty.
- Trump would empower regional partners like Israel and Abu Dhabi to manage regional challenges, which could boost instability.
- Trump’s unwillingness to engage with regional complexities would likely hinder his deal-making efforts.