During President Obama's tenure, the US was still committed to operations in the Middle East, but scaling back troops ultimately left a vacuum which led to further instability.
What is the outlook for the US in the Middle East and how will it achieve its objectives? To what extent will President Trump commit US troops to maintaining stability in Afghanistan and Iraq? Will the US take initiative in Iraq, a country which will inevitably require years of reconstruction?
David Kilcullen, whose book "Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism" analyzes many of the difficulties the US faces in the Middle East, will provide insight into counterterrorist operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.